"The kids in Denis Darzacq's photographs want to get away, sort of, or at least they want to capture an instant of freedom in a society that surrounds them, cocoons them in the often spurious choices of the marketplace—a full supermarket of interchangeable products that seems to go on forever. Darzacq's kids have the appearance of defying not only their confinement by capitalism but gravity itself." —Lyle Rexer, Photograph magazine
In this photograph, Denis Darzacq uses a photographic construction to juxtapose two different realities, the backdrop of the supermarkets which have become our social and life spaces; and the proud strength of young bodies in movement, refusing to be subjugated. The street dangers in these photographs challenge the very laws of gravity by self-discipline and hard work, performing ecstatic and gratuitous acts in spaces designed to promote conformism and consumerism.
Denis Darzacq (born in Paris, 1961) graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in 1986. His work is held in the collections of the National Modern Art Museum (Centre Georges Pompidou), the Nicéphone Niépce Museum's National Contemporary Collection in Chalon-sur-Saône,France, Gallery Chateau d'eau, Toulouse, and the Altadis Foundation among others. Denis Darzacq was the recipient of the first prize, stories category, in the World Press Photo 2007, won the Altadis Prize in 2000, and is represented by Gallery VU.
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