THOMAS PAQUET

Celestal bodies #1, 2016 - Instant Print 25x20 cm - leaden frame 46x32,5 cm

What if the organic compounds necessary for life had fallen from Outer Space onto Earth in meteorite showers ? This hypothesis is now commonly accepted among scientists... The mythical vision of celestial bodies impregnating our blue planet !

 

In 1993 the European Space Agency announces an ambition mission: A space probe will be sent to explore comet Tchoury, some 6 billions of kilometers away from us.

10 years of journey through space later, in 2014, the probe finally touches ground, and a small Robot called Philae sets out on its task to explore the materia prima of the pristine celestial body which forming dates back to the origins of the solar system.

 

Mission Rosetta's objective is to better understand the origins of life on Earth. This extraordinary mission tackles one of humanity's greatest mystery, a riddle that has yet to be solved: That we could be all children of the cosmos and our bodies made of start dust.

Hundreds of pictures of the comet are now accessible on the European Space Agency website, and I started searching these images for clues, or rather, for shapes, that would resemble human bodies. I had Gustave Courbet's Origin of the world in mind, so I was all the more inclined to uncover sexual organs.

 

After having made a selection of images that struck my senses, I reproduced them. I projected them on a large white screen then photographed them using B&W film and a 8x10 inch chamber.

By using film I intend to render digital shots more palpable, and similarly, to make an extraterrestrial object more tangible.

 

Through my various screenings the comet's clichés are stripped of their exploitable scientific contents, bared from their objectivity.

What they reveal then is nothing more than the shapes I choose to suggest, they have become subjective views.

These images have a nostalgic aura about them, an apparent patina, blemishes of time here and there, a grain similar to that of old photographies, as if the past were looking at us.

Celestal bodies #2, 2016 - Instant Print 25x20 cm - leaden frame 46x32,5 cm

Celestal bodies #2, 2016 - Instant Print 25x20 cm - leaden frame 46x32,5 cm

Celestal bodies #3, 2016 - Instant Print 25x20 cm - leaden frame 46x32,5 cm

Celestal bodies #4, 2016 - Instant Print 25x20 cm - leaden frame 46x32,5 cm

Celestal bodies #5, 2016 - Instant Print 25x20 cm - leaden frame 46x32,5 cm

Celestal bodies #6, 2016 - Instant Print 25x20 cm - leaden frame 46x32,5 cm