Eric Manigaud - Jungle#3 la forêt pres de Zaranou, de la série Les Jungles, 2008

Eric Manigaud

Unsettled Areas

19/02/2016

02/04/2016

FIFTY ONE TOO

Opening: Thursday, Feb 18th 2016

Fifty One Too is pleased to announce its first solo show by the French artist Eric Manigaud (Fr, 1971) called “Unsettled Areas”. In a very meticulous and hyper-realistic way, Manigaud makes large-scale graphite drawings of the agony in our European society. Through historical photographic archives, he appropriates these old images as such by transforming them through his particular draughtsmanship and creating captivating, monumental drawings as meta-realities of our recent afflicted past.

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Eric Manigaud - madge#09, c. 1930
Eric Manigaud - madge#09, c. 1930
Eric Manigaud - Hambourg, 1945 de la série “1939-1945”, 2013
Eric Manigaud - Hambourg, 1945 de la série “1939-1945”, 2013

Eric Manigaud

The French artist Éric Manigaud is celebrated for his monumental, photorealistic graphite drawings, that are based on historic photographic archive material. Working in series, he dedicates his work to historical subjects including the facially disfigured soldiers of the First World War, the bombed-out cities of the Second World War, early 20th century crime scenes, and spirit photography from the 1920s and 30s. In his 2018 series he focusses on the Paris massacre of October 17th 1961, during which the French police attacked a peaceful demonstration of the Algerian Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) in a shockingly violent way. Using photographs by Georges Azenstarck, Louis Dalmas, Elie Kagan and Georges Ménager, and a film by Jacques Panijel, Éric Manigaud has worked to show one of the darkest chapters of recent French history.

Manigaud is interested in archival sources that often bear witness to violent episodes in Europe’s evolution towards modernity. He regularly uses photographic sources from the era between 1850 and 1920, when the medium was still considered strictly objective and scientific. His drawings of badly wounded soldiers of the Great War, inhabitants of 19th-century mental institutions and early 20th-century crime scenes remain burned on the retina. By means of the often graphic nature of his drawings, Manigaud urges his audience to remember painful parts of history that some would rather forget.

biography

Born in France in 1971
Lives and works in Saint-Etienne, France

Eric Manigaud - Klinikum Weilmunster #15, 2018
Eric Manigaud - Ollier, scoliose, 1884, 2018
Eric Manigaud - Ollier, scoliose, 1884, 2018
Process

Manigaud’s method is simple but effective: he projects the found images on paper, on a much bigger scale than the original. He traces the projected contours, shades and lights with pencil and graphite powder. It is a slow and labour-intensive process that lends weight to the volatile snapshots Manigaud started from.

The enlargement of these often graphic and shocking images to a monumental scale turns them into a physical and disruptive experience for the viewer. Seen from a distance, Manigaud’s drawings seem photo-realistic, but coming closer, the countless dots and strokes start to blur and deconstruct the spectator’s vision. This ghost-like and elusive quality offers the viewer a way of distancing himself from the hard reality of what is depicted.

Eric Manigaud - Trachoma pannus keratitis, 1916
Eric Manigaud - Trachoma pannus keratitis, 1916
Eric Manigaud - Affaire de Colombes, assassinat des époux M..., vue de la salle à manger (plan), 2007
Eric Manigaud - Affaire de Colombes, assassinat des époux M..., vue de la salle à manger (plan), 2007
Eric Manigaud - Portrait Clinique #11, 2010
Eric Manigaud - Portrait Clinique #11, 2010
Eric Manigaud - Klinikum #7, 2010
Eric Manigaud - Klinikum #7, 2010
Eric Manigaud - Panijel #1, 2017
Eric Manigaud - Panijel #1, 2017
Eric Manigaud - Panijel #3, 2017
Eric Manigaud - Panijel #3, 2017
Eric Manigaud - Georges Ménager #1, 2016
Eric Manigaud - Georges Ménager #1, 2016
Eric Manigaud - Cologne #3, 1945, 2012
Eric Manigaud - Cologne #3, 1945, 2012