Patrick TOSANI
Artistic Practice Department

“Questioning the relationship, the contiguity, the link between reality and the constructed space of a photograph. Transforming observation and conceptualization of the world into “questions” leading to the development of a sensitive and poetic space. Thinking the image and its formal resolution as a device. Photography will be the central but not exclusive medium of this approach.”

Born in 1954, Patrick Tosani lives and works Mayet and in Paris. He has been teaching at the École since 2004. He studied architecture in Paris from 1973 to 1979, graduating with a DESA degree (Diplôme d’Enseignement Supérieur d’Architecture). He has been doing photography since 1976; questions of space and scale are central in his work. The photographic process, its potential and limits, the question of the photograph’s relation to the real, are issues that come up time and again in his photo-series on objects, bodies, clothes.
Tosani regularly exhibits in France and abroad, including at the ICA, London (1987), the Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain in Grenoble (1991), the Art Institute of Chicago (1992), the Arc Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1993), the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi (1994), the Folkwang Museum in Essen (1997), Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône (1998), the Centre National de la Photographie, Paris (1998), the Rencontres d’Arles (2001).
In 2011 he shows at the Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Pontault-Combault; at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, and at the Galerie In Situ Fabienne Leclerc, Paris.
Among the many collective exhibitions he has taken part in figure Angles of vision: French art today, Guggenheim Museum, New York (1986), Une autre objectivité, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris (1988); Passions privées, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1996), Warum!, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2003), Les peintres de la vie moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006), Chambre(s) Claire(s): Notes sur la photographie, collection of the Musée Nicéphore Nièpce, Rencontres d’Arles (2010). Décors et installations, Galerie Nationale de la Tapisserie, Beauvais (2011), Der Mensch und seine Objekte Fotografische Sammlung; Museum Folkwang, Essen (2012).

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