Published by Les Presses du Reel, 2009
Hardcover, 320 pages
Text by Elie During, Christophe Kihm, Marc-Olivier Wahler
Features interview of the artist with Claire Staebler and Christophe Kihm
Located at the intersection of heterogeneous temporalities, geographies, and realities, Laurent Grasso’s films, sculptures, paintings, and photographs immerse the viewer in an uncanny world of uncertainty. The artist creates mysterious atmospheres that challenge the boundaries of what we perceive and know. Anachronism and hybridity play an active role in his strategy, which entails diffracting reality in order to recompose it according to his own rules. Fascinated by the way in which various powers can affect human conscience, Grasso seeks to grasp, reveal, and materialize the invisible, from collective fears to politics to electromagnetic or paranormal phenomena. His work reveals what lies behind common perception and offers us a new perspective on history and reality.