Artistic Practice Department
“The power of images—always. To take apart the ones that attract and fascinate us, the same way a mechanic takes apart an engine, so as to better invent and construct our own. To feel our photographic loves, refine our difference, the distance at which we stand. The history of photography as a founding; contemporary art as a landscape and we the gardeners.”
Born in 1961 in Longuyon (département 54), Éric Poitevin lives and works not far from there, in Mangiennes, a village in the Meuse. He began photography at the age of 11, continued practicing in unpredictable fashion (neighbor friend pharmacist amateur photographer photo-club) and ultimately came to study at the École d’Art of Metz (1980 to 1985), the only art school to offer a specialization in photography at the time.
The winds of the 1980s proved favorable for photography. J. F. Dumont in Bordeaux was the first gallery he showed in (1990), followed by Pietro Sparta in Chagny (1995) and Albert Baronian in Brussels, these being the galleries he is closest to and which have had the most decisive effect on the development of his work. He now shows also at the Galerie Blancpain in Geneva and
at Nelson/Freeman, Paris.
Poitevin stayed at the Villa Medicis in Rome in 1990 and was visting artist at Fresnoy in 2000. From 2000 to the end of 2007 he taught photography, first at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg, then in Nancy with the communications department team headed by Christian Debize.
Personal shows include 1998 at the Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, with Régis Durand; 2000 at the MAMCO, Geneva, with Christian Bernard; 2004 at Le Plateau, Paris, with Éric Corne; and 2007 at the Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, with Claude d’Anthenaise.
In 2010 Poitevin took part in Chefs-d’oeuvres?, Centre Pompidou, Metz; Le carillon de Big Ben, Le CREDAC, Ivry-sur-Seine; Dans la Forêt, FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux; Le meilleur des Mondes, du point de vue de la collection MUDAM, Luxembourg; Juliette Losq / Darren Norman / Eric Poitevin, Theodore Art, New York. In 2011 he showed at Le 19, CRAC Montbéliard and in Arbres, L’Abbaye- Annecy-Le-Vieux and Courbet Contemporain, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dôle.
Poitevin’s works have been acquired for many public collections: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MEP, Paris; FRAC Franche-Comté; FRAC Rhône-Alpes; FRAC Lorraine; FRAC Midi-Pyrénées; FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon; FRAC Pays-de-Loire; FRAC Île-de-France; MAMCO, Geneva; Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, Belgium; and MUDAM, Luxembourg.