(Art)efacts preface


Groupama Paris Val de Loire and its Oise Federation have had the pleasure to sustain the collaborative project from the Archeological museum of Oise and the Polymorf’ artistry collective of publishing a catalogue for the exhibition Passé recomposé (11th February – 30th november 2017), which mixes archeology and contemporary art. Supporting this enterprise emerging from two cultural actors of the territory, is to simply promote the local cultural heritage and in particular its archeological gem : the antique site of Vendeuil-Caply.


Indeed the booklet (Art)efacts sets forth archeological objects which are conserved in the collections of the Archeological museum of Oise, but Florent Perris’ eye and photographic technic shows them under a new light, that of lightpainting.


To do so, he immerged himself in the darkness with these old items and reinterpreted them using lights and videomapping.

The result is sometimes uncanny, sometimes striking. Either way, these photographs doesn’t let you indifferent and here lays all the artist’s approach : play with codes and shows artefacts in an unconventional way.


The photographics reinterpretations from Florent Perris are accompanied by Alain Patetta’s texts who delivers here his vision of archeology. The latter is indeed quite personnal and presented all along a pleasant writing which reminds each and everyone of us that our existence is punctuated by recurrences of the Antiquity and that the vestiges of the past are omnipresents in our environment. Sometimes it just takes a glance around ourselves to realise that the past still lives inside our present.


Adrien Bossard – Cultural heritage curator