Coalmine is dedicating to the West Switzerland protagonist of photography Jean Revillard a first overview exhibition with series of works from the past ten years His brilliantly designed, prophetic reports on illegal immigration brought him two World Press Photo Awards. Jean Revillard’s attention is uprooted in the widest sense: radiation, migrants or prostitutes who are literally pushed into the wilderness by technological or political circumstances. With the founding of the agency Rezo (2001), Jean Revillard has created a highly respected international language tube.
In Jean Revillard’s factory series, the main protagonists are refugees and prostitutes are held , cemetery dwellers and radiation sufferers: all pushed to the brink of civilization, they endure a precarious existence reminiscent of primitive primordial conditions in forests and caves, housed in makeshift dwellings. In the emotional tension of naturalism and apocalypse, Jean Revillard’s work calls for reflection on the narrow ridge between nature and culture.
- Jean Revillard, from the series "Ondes", courtesy of the artist
- Jean Revillard, from the series "Jungles", courtesy of the artist