Valérie Jouve is one of the new generation of artists in France who have left the great tradition of humanistic reporting photography behind them without completely abandoning those major elements that are still usable. Jouve documents landscapes, mainly urban landscapes. The interesting thing about her photographs is that within the same image, she also portrays people, and their movements and actions. She combines these two classic themes, “landscape” and “portrait”, in such a way that a choreographed scene takes place within the concentrated urban situations. With this sociological approach, Jouve condenses the subject of the photographs and that which is put on show.
ART FRANCE BERLIN is presenting a series of exhibitions created in cooperation with contemporary art institutions based in Berlin. The goal is to bring the diversity of French art closer to the public. Venues include the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Martin Gropius Museum, with C/O Berlin as the main venue for photography. Three artists presented their photographs and video installations in the Postfuhramt: Jean-Luc Moulène, Nicolas Moulin, Valérie Jouve. With this extensive group exhibition during ART FRANCE BERLIN, C/O Berlin offered insight into the diversity of French artists and photographers. The exhibition encompasses over 80 photographic and sculptural works and videos, some of which are receiving their first German showing.