“In reference to wildness and nature, the series of haunting photographs and videos in Ricochet will bring us back to our instincts and memories.” – Ricochet, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival
“Ecology, consumption and feminism are some of my pet subjects. In most of my photographic series, the fauna is represented in all its forms.
Looking back on our childhood musings and play, I aim to investigate memory as well as our attachment to the natural environment, our collected objects and their memory.
Ricochet references the wild world where boys wear horns and skins of beast on their heads, or put an orange in the mouth to imitate the monkey.” – Visual artist Christophe Canato
Ricochet by Christophe Canato has closed on 24th January 2016. Here are key words/phrases of my experience viewing the works: as if being watched, by other creatures behind (imaginary) woods versus by the surveillance cameras in the gallery. Struggling to make a direct connection or comparison between the human kids and the animals in the photographic works, but in vain. Focus. Intense.
“Ricochet is one of several French words that retains its spelling and meaning in English, and conjures gunshots recocheting off all sorts of items in Westerns, to make the improbable seem easy. Similarly it is a term that pops up in sporting commentary when a lucky deflection or bounce leads to points.” – Queensland Centre for Photography
“In French, Canato’s first language, it is also used to describe a rock skimming across water, a favourite game of children (and quite a few adults too). In this last incarnation of the word, it takes on an even more magical sense as a rock should surely sink into the water, not dance across its surface. Like the dreams and fears of childhood, the rock defies logic for a short while, before the reality of gravity brings the game to an end.” – Queensland Centre for Photography
“Canato’s series Ricochet allude to stage plays of a Shakespearean vein. As single images they are beautiful, enigmatic studio portraits and still lives, but seen together they are reminiscent of an elaborate storyboard for an unseen greater tale. His ambiguous and luscious photographs, lit in the manner of many renaissance paintings, delve into the psyche of childhood, a time when playing is the most important activity and everything is believable; a time when darkness hides all sorts of threats and time itself seems endless.” – Queensland Centre for Photography