Sunday, March 19, 2006
Born Sept 6 1944, France.
One of Boltanski's favorite themes is his own life
story, both actual and reinvented, which he evokes
through startling collections of photographs and
objects. In other pieces, he assembles seemingly
mundane elements to address some of the most
fundamental and disturbing contradictions of
twentieth-century life. Born in Paris in 1944,
Boltanski has spent his artistic life working with the
most ephemeral of materials -- newspaper clippings,
photographs, found snapshots, clothing, candles, light
bulbs, old biscuit tins -- to examine and to mark our
transitory passing here on earth. Using the photograph
as a central image of his work...