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Talk and booksigning: Undertow – Damien Daufresne

15 June 2023 @ 18:30 - 21:00

Thursday, June 15 at 6.30pm
Damien Daufresne presents Undertow (Blow Up Press, 2022)
in conversation with Monica Colombo / the publisher will also join us
booksigning will follow

Probably one of the best books seen in the last twenty five years. An object in which photography and painting are intertwined, perfectly created by an artist able to say ’I’ with a universal voice. A unique way of building a floating world, at the limits of representation, to let emotions mix, between intimate history and dreams, body and nature, tenderness and uncertainty.
– Christian Caujolle



We are our own universes. Each of us. Life is a journey through an immeasurable collection of such universes. How this journey will go, where it will take us, is not only up to us. Hence our being lost, waiting for a helping hand or a happy coincidence. Hence our projections of the future, but also memories of the past. Everything comes back. Panta rhei. But somewhere on this trail, each of us finds this one and only place that is home. Home not in a sense of the material four walls, but such constellations of different universes that together make up this space that can be called that. And this is the most beautiful part of it. In his newest book, Damien Daufresne unveils the secret of one such universe – Undertow.

“I learn that the world goes round;
so I am waiting here for my house to pass by”.
Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry



The book:

Blow Up Press, 2022
Softcover, 22,5 x 30 cm
160 pages, b/w photographs
English and French

Get your copy here



Undertow is currently exhibited at:
SCHAURAUM 11/nullnull
Absberggasse 27 / Brotfabrik 1100 Wien
through June 30

Born in 1979 in Paris, Damien Daufresne studied painting, drawing, printmaking and photography at the École Boulle in Paris, the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2003 he was winner of the Leica/Ensad Award and has since exhibited in numerous galleries in France and abroad. He lives and works in Berlin.


15 June 2023
18:30 - 21:00
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