Pascal Moraiz – Rusty Games

Exhibition from July 4th to September 24, 2016

Since 2005, Pascal Moraiz explores the passing of time and is interested in the marks it leaves on objects and places. He wants to be the witness of the “small” stories that the leftover can tell. 

With «Rusty Games», he goes a step further, staging and lighting forgotten toys, unearthed at yard sales. He invents a new life for those toys, putting them in the spotlight again. Like a child he plays fantasy games (“let’s pretend...”) and develops for each toy specific scenarios which tell a story, therefor arousing nostalgia in the viewer who’s transported at the doorstep of his own childhood. This imaginary journey is rendered even more powerfully, thanks to the use of large format film photography that mixes shallow depth of field with crisp details and textures. 

The choice of the large format film photography allows the perception of time relativity: it transports the viewer into the slowness and the stretching of time during the first years of one’s life.

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Avion vert, Subligraphie, 2005
© Pascal Moraiz, Courtesy : Galerie Huit Arles

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About the Artist

Born in 1961 in Paris, France. Following scientific studies, Pascal Moraiz pursues photography and specializes in still life, working for the press and the advertising industry. He regularly produces images for Figaro Magazine, Figaro Madame, Depeche Mode, Votre Beauté..., and work with the likes of Chanel, Cartier or L’Oreal. Alongside his commercial work, he develops a personal research into the imprints left by man upon his passage: tools, toys, machinery... He does the same with forgotten walls transformed into art work and even city scapes. 

The series «Pontoon» was on display in 2007 at Generale des Arts and at the International Festival of Environmental Image the following year.