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.
La Contamination blanche
Paris Photo FAIR
08.11.2018 – 11.11.2018
After studying law and history, Florian Ruiz develops a documentary approach to the desperate social world marked by disillusion. He then take a look at the intimacy of the prostitutes’ rooms at Pakistan, photograph the shipbreaking of Bangladesh and tell the story of a Mongolian mining town.
Settled for ten years in Tokyo, marked by the disaster of Fukushima, in his recent works, Florian Ruiz sought to test the bounds of photography by challenging its ability to put in image the invisible danger of the radioactivity. He is using assembly, collage, super impression; processes that reinvent and twist the very landscape.
His work was the object of numerous publications (Le Monde Magazine, Magazine European Photography…) and he was rewarded by several prices: Sony World Photography, QPN Award,Bourse du Talent, Felix Schoeller…)
– Lens Culture Art Photography Adward 2018 : Special Jury Prize
– Sony World Photography Awards (for Creativity) 2018 : winner
– Bourse du Talent 2017: ‘Coup de coeur’ of the jury (section paysage)
– Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017: nominated.
– Fine Art Photographer of the year 2016
– Bourse du Talent 2016: finalist
– Moscow Foto Awards 2016: with honors
– Arpia prize 2016: nominated
– QPN Award 2016: finalist
– Lens Culture Earth Awards 2015: finalist
– QPN Award 2015: finalist
– Arpia prize 2014: nominated
– Sony World Photography Awards 2013: 2nd prize in the categorie “Conceptuel”
– International Emerging Artist Award 2013: finalist