Tile: City Poetry by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

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Tile: City Poetry by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

450.00

15 x 15 cm ceramic tile with photographic print

Open edition and each tile is signed on the back by the artist

Each tile comes in specially designed City Poetry package

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Select 1 x tile quanity at a time -> click purchase -> select it’s reference title -> click purchase and it will take you to the check-out page -> click ‘back button’ and select your next tile!

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City Poetry 城市詩意 is Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze’s most personal project to date, a photographic exercise that shows the artist further deepening his roots in Hong Kong and Cantonese culture. Jacquet-Lagrèze set himself the task of documenting visually striking street signs and took them home where his wife would help to translate, slowly enabling him to decipher the characters that adorn this city’s streets. As his archive grew so did his knowledge, forming sentences with photographs of individual characters results in poems that are both visual and linguistic.

"What makes particular signs truly unique are the markings they bare being witness to the passing time: the peeling paint, the rusted metal, lost tiles or broken neons. Men designed them to be informative and attractive, I think the erosion transforms them into something more, something deeper. The marks of decay add another layer of meaning to the characters; no longer just names on wall, they become poetry of time. It helps us to dwell poetically in the urban landscape where we live and to have a daily touch with the spiritual.” –Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, 2019

"Traditional Chinese characters is one of man's historical languages still in use, we are so lucky to be surrounded visually by this ancient text in such a hyper-modern city. The signs are genuine works of art, combining the techniques by man, time and the elements. I decided to capture this with my camera. As I am fascinated with the artform of Chinese calligraphy, I had the idea of combining different characters together in order to create poems, to build meaning by collaging characters photographed in different places and made using various materials.” Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, 2019


《城市詩意》是Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze 最新的個人企劃,今輯攝影系列印證了這位法籍攝影師對於香港及其語言文化的熱愛再度昇華。Jacquet-Lagrèze以攝影紀錄街上各種充滿視覺 魅力的招牌,帶回家中讓太太協助翻譯,漸漸地,他學會解讀滿佈大街小巷的文字密碼。他儲下了大批這樣的文字照片,中文知識亦隨之加深。他更運用這些文字照片拼砌成有「詩意」的句子,巧妙地集合「視覺」與「語文」於一身。


City Poetry 城市詩意 est à ce jour le projet le plus personnel de Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, un exercice photographique qui montre l’artiste approfondissant ses racines dans la culture Hong kongaise et cantonaise. Jacquet-Lagrèze s’est fixé la tâche de documenter des plaques de rue visuellement frappantes et de les ramener chez lui, où sa femme l’aide à les traduire, lui permettant de déchiffrer les signes qui ornent les rues de cette ville. À mesure que ses archives grandissaient, ses connaissances s’approfondissaient, formant des phrases avec des photographies de signes individuels, donnant naissance à des poèmes qui sont à la fois visuels et linguistiques.

"Ce qui rend des signes particuliers vraiment uniques, ce sont les marques qu'ils portent, témoins du temps qui passe: la peinture écaillée, le métal rouillé, les carreaux égarés ou les néons brisés. plus, quelque chose de plus profond. Les marques de décadence ajoutent une autre couche de sens aux signes: ce ne sont plus que des noms sur un mur, ils deviennent une poésie du temps. Associés au spirituel.” Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, 2019

"Les caractères chinois traditionnels sont l’une des langues historiques de l’homme encore en usage. Nous sommes très chanceux d’être entourés visuellement par ce texte ancien dans une ville aussi hyper-moderne. Les signes sont de véritables œuvres d'art, combinant les techniques de l'homme, du temps et des éléments. J'ai décidé de capturer cela avec mon appareil photo. En tant que fasciné par l’art de la calligraphie chinoise, j’ai eu l’idée de combiner différents signes afin de créer des poèmes, de donner un sens à des collages de signes photographiés à des endroits différents et réalisés avec différents matériaux.” Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, 2019