In the snowy landscape soft heights of Fukushima, Florian Ruiz have captured the invisible pain of radiation. Inspired by the drawings and the artwork of Utagawa Hiroshige’s Japanese engravings, he hoped to capture the fleeting moments, the movements of climatic phenomena, and the ever-shifting perceptions of nature, where radiation accumulates themost.

With a geiger counter, he measured the radioactive contamination’s  presence in becquerels (Bq), a unit that expresses atom disintegration and its mutation’s number per second. By a process of staggered superimpression, he intended to show the atom’s alteration in his pictures. The transparency effects, the broken  perspectives give rise to a shape that is in motion, an impermanent world as in traditional Japanese engravings.

Then, he created a vibration, a departure from the reality of the subject that reveals the presence of radiation in the image. The process reinvents and twists the very landscape, leading to a sort of vertigo or malaise, a threatening danger hidden behind the purity of the white of the landscapes. As the disturbing whiteness of Moby Dick, whiteness object of terror for the Man, the purity of the white contrasts with the presence of the invisible stain of radioactivity.

Exhibitions

2018

La Contamination blanche

Paris Photo FAIR

08.11.2018 – 11.11.2018

Biography

Après des études de droit et d’histoire, Florian Ruiz développe une approche documentaire du monde social désespéré marqué par la désillusion. Il photographie l’intimité des chambres des prostituées au Pakistan, les lieux de démantèlement de navires au Bangladesh, il raconte l’histoire d’une ville minière mongole.
Installé depuis dix ans à Tokyo, marqué par le désastre de Fukushima, dans ses travaux récents, il cherche à interroger la Photographie en utilisant l’assemblage, le collage, la distorsion afin de mettre en image le danger invisible de la radioactivité. Son travail a fait l’objet de nombreuses publications (Le Monde Magazine, Magazine European Photography …) et a été récompensé par plusieurs prix: Sony World Photography, QPN Award, Bourse du Talent, Felix Schoeller …)

Awards

Lens Culture Art Photography Adward 2018 : prix spécial du jury
Sony World Photography Awards (for Creativity) 2018 : lauréat
Bourse du Talent 2017: ‘Coup de coeur’ of the jury (section paysage)
Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017: nominé.
Fine Art Photographer of the year 2016
Bourse du Talent 2016: finaliste
Moscow Foto Awards 2016: mention honorable
Arpia prize 2016: nominé
QPN Award 2016: finaliste
Lens Culture Earth Awards 2015: finaliste
QPN Award 2015: finaliste
Arpia prize 2014: nominé
Sony World Photography Awards 2013: 2ème prix dans la catégorie “Conceptuel”
International Emerging Artist Award 2013: finaliste

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