Antoine D'Agata, Yasunori Hoki (ed.)

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"The book 'Self Portraits. 1987-2017' by Antoine D’AGATA reveals a journey of the man-photographer from the origins of his practice to the present day, and presents to us the monumental iconography of a body of work that has been developing slowly from a visual diary begun in Mexico in the 80s to the moving image and the writings of a few premeditated life scripts. 

In what way is it possible to understand this living archive, this artistic, human and political gesture, this assumed, conscience and deliberate deviation, the last device for resistance in a world lived with rage and pain? 

In what way does the body, the bond, the physical and human act of the artist and the invitation to sacrifice come across for over 25 years during the development of this body of work, which speaks to us about the experience of a reality that is absorbed each time more intensely, and at the same time more marginal? 

Why in this vital process, in this presence in the world, has Antoine D'AGATA, alongside his subjects, chosen to be the protagonist of his own images?

'Self Portraits. 1987-2017' aims to bring to light some truths —fragile— and to deliver, without elusions, the experience of a life. The accumulation of images, the infinite repetition, underpins the views of a man that constantly expands the limits of his own existence and allows us to grasp the feelings, necessity and urgency of an imperative search, of which there a hardly any traces, fragments, small pieces drawn from reality. Just some 'surviving images'. 
" (Fannie ESCOULEN, Curator of the exhibition CORPUS, SELF-PORTRAITS - 1987-2017 at PhotoEspaña 2017)

About the photographer, Antoine D'AGATA (*1961 in Marseille):
French,photographer. Joins Magnum Photo in 2004.
Antoine D'AGATA left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry CLARK and Nan GOLDIN.
Despite his experiences and training in the US, after his return to France in 1993 he took a four-year break from photography.

His first books of photographs, 'De Mala Muerte' and 'Mala Noche', were published in 1998, and the following year Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001 he published 'Hometown', and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers.
He continued to publish regularly. 'Vortex' and 'Insomnia' appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits. 'Stigma' was published in 2004, and 'Manifeste' in 2005.
In 2004, D'AGATA joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, Le Ventre du Monde (The World's Belly). This experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo.

Since 2005 Antoine D'AGATA has had no settled place of residence but has worked around the world. D'AGATA has exhibited his work extensively on an international scale and has published numerous monographs.
Antoine D’AGATA has traveled the world’s darkest corners collecting images of prostitutes, addicts, war-torn communities, and the homeless.
Published to coincide with an important exhibition at La Bal Gallery in Paris, where it quickly went out of print, 'Anticorps' was awarded the 2013 Arles Book Prize.

More titles by Antoine D'AGATA:
'De Mala Muerte' (1998)
'Mala Noche', (1998)
'Hometown' (2001)
'Vortex' (2203)
'Insomnia' (2003)
'Stigma' (2004)
'Manifeste' (2005)
'Anticorps' (2012)
'Paraiso' (2012)
'Odysseia' (2013)
'New York. 1989-93' (2016)
'Mexico. 1986-2016' (2017)

"Das Buch 'Self Portraits. 1987-2017' von Antoine D'AGATA zeigt eine Reise des Mann-Fotografen von den Ursprüngen seiner fotografischen Praxis bis heute und präsentiert uns die monumentale Ikonographie eines Werkes, das sich langsam entwickelt hat: von einem in den 80er Jahren in Mexico begonnenen visuellen Tagebuch zum bewegten Bild und einiger Skripte.

Inwiefern ist es möglich, dieses lebendige Archiv, diese künstlerische, menschliche und politische Geste zu verstehen, diese Annahme, dass das Gewissen und die absichtliche Abweichung, das letzte Mittel des Widerstands ist in einer Welt, die in Wut und Schmerz lebt?
Auf welche Weise kommen der Körper, die Bindung, der physische und menschliche Akt des Künstlers und die Einladung zur Aufopferung zusammen in der über 25 Jahre währenden Entwicklung dieses Werkes, das mit uns über die Erfahrung einer Realität spricht, jedes Mal intensiver und gleichzeitig marginaler?

Warum hat sich Antoine D'AGATA in diesem lebenswichtigen Prozess, in dieser Gegenwart in der Welt neben seiner Modelle selbst zum Protagonisten seiner eigenen Bilder gewählt?

'Self Portraits. 1987-2017' zielt darauf ab, einige Wahrheiten ans Licht zu bringen - zu brüten - und die Erfahrungen eines Lebens ohne Illusionen zu liefern. Die Anhäufung von Bildern, die unendliche Wiederholung, untermauert die Ansichten eines Menschen, der die Grenzen seiner eigenen Existenz ständig erweitert und die Gefühle, Notwendigkeit und Dringlichkeit einer imperativen Suche begreift, von der es kaum Spuren bleiben, Fragmente, kleine Stücke aus der Realität. Nur ein paar 'überlebende Bilder'." (freie Übersetzung des Textes von Fannie ESCOULEN, Kuratorin der Ausstellung CORPUS, SELF-PORTRAITS - 1987-2017 während der PhotoEspaña 2017)