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Bernard Faucon

Houston Center For Photography

With few significant exceptions, Bernard Faucon’s Fresson-process color photographs are reconstructions of an adolescent world in which allegory asserts itself as a natural state of being. These carefully realized moments of imagination seem to contain the secret syntax and memory of all other moments. Photographs have always served as endorsements for the truth of the past; among other problems with this sanguine notion is the fact that the terms of evidence operative in childhood differ, perhaps unresolvably, from those of the adult world. And, when art engages the distinct domain of childhood, innocence and evil, as Georges Bataille has suggested, are seen to be posed in an ambiguous, primordial embrace: a kind of paganism appears to reign.

Questions of accessibility and authenticity, however, are rarely raised in relation to childhood. Can we, as adults, lay claim to a hermeneutical

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