Gérard Dalla Santa - Des paysages Longtemps
3 September - 30 October 2021For its fall 2021 exhibition, Galerie Miranda is delighted to present a personal exhibition by Gérard Dalla Santa (b. 1947, France). Entitled Des Paysages Longtemps, the exhibition takes its name from a short poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.
The photographs presented in this solo show proceed from Gérard Dalla Santa's research into landscape, that is anchored in two traditions: that of documentary photography and that of outdoor landscape painting (Corot, Courbet, Pissarro and Cézanne...) that considered the topography as well as the historical and collective dimension of landscape. Temporal markers punctuate the work of Gérard Dalla Santa, who captures, in the present tense of photography, the intersection between the time of landscape and the time of its representation. In his recent landscapes of river banks, the artist employs the picturesque and the banal to reveal a newfound lyricism, allowing living beings - human and animal - to enter the field on equal terms with nature. For Gérard Dalla Santa, these images do not evoke a nostalgia for things past but are instead a proposal for the repairing of a damaged world.