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  • Jean-Dominique Burton
69,00 €
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From the banks of the River Ganges to sacred Vodun altars; from Brussels, a constantly recurring theme, to Ouidah, Hong Kong, Ouagadougou, Hanoi, Darjeeling, Vancouver and Kinshasa. It is important to listen to Jean-Dominique when he talks about his photography. It is always through the beauty of the women and men who inhabit his photographs, through the richness of their cultures, that he approaches his work. When he talks about himself, it is about his wonder and amazement, the magic that occurs with each encounter, and the journey that brought him there. Without doubt, that is where the coherence in his work lies. When it comes to defining his photography, imposing a label on it or finding an artistic affiliation, he finds this more difficult.

« I am the complete opposite of a war photographer – but there are few words than can define this »

He says, when asked, with a touch of embarrassment and an honest humility that are as revealing as the answer itself. For Jean- Dominique Burton, photography never seems to be an end in itself. It is more about expressing his excitement about the world, its people and the rich diversity of art and civilisations, about sharing his visions.

Visions brings together a retrospective of Burton’s work that takes us across the globe, often to some astonishing places, on a journey of discovery of a beautiful world, enriched by the human beings and their cultures that inhabit it. These are Jean-Dominique Burton’s Visions. But it is also the story of his life, filled with wonderful encounters. « Everything is a portrait », he likes to say. If it is also true, as the saying goes, that portraits are only ever self-portraits, this is also the case with Jean-Dominique Burton’s work. Each of his Visions is exactly that: it is him we see in the faces and the smiles, in what they evoke. It is through them that we see the way he contemplates the world, sometimes questioning it, often marvelling at it. The greatness of the human soul that Jean-Dominique Burton has taken care to reveal over five decades of his work, is nothing but a reflection of his own.

The authors

  • Jean-Dominique Burton

    Jean-Dominique Burton, born in Huy (Belgium), is a Belgian photographer and film director. A tireless traveller, enquiring humanist with a keen, observant eye, Jean-Dominique Burton has turned his attention in recent years to the hidden secrets of Africa, after years travelling in Asia. His approach embraces a sensitive, poetic form of anthropology that unveils beliefs and practices with restraint, respect and a responsible sense of fascination. His photography conveys the pleasure of discovery, a meditation on the origins of artistic creation, with a play on form and theme that steers away from any sterile exoticism.

    Jean-Dominique Burton met Jephan de Villiers in 1986, a year when his appreciation of the delicate poetry of de Villiers’ sculptures, together with his philosophy of life close to animism and a respect for nature, brought them together to work on a number of projects, among them ‘Mille et trois souffles d'écorce ou la dernière forêt en marche (‘One Thousand and Three Strips of Bark or the Last Forest on the Move’, Fragments de mémoire (‘Fragments of Memory’), Bestioles ou Bestiaire pour un enfant-roi (‘Beasts and Bestiaries for a Spoilt Child’) and The Bears, to name a few.

  • Marie-Cecile Zinsou

    Marie-Cécile Zinsou established the Zinsou Foundation in 2005, in Cotonou (Benin), with the aim of promoting contemporary art. She has been the president of the Foundation since then, as well as its artistic director. In 2013, she opened the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ouidah, also in Benin.

    Since 2021, Marie- Cécile Zinsou has been the president of the Administrative Council of the French Academy in Rome, in the Villa Medici, and, since 2019, vice-president of the Administrative Council of the Islamic Cultural Institute in Paris. She also chairs the Maison Maria Casarès in Charente (France), a cultural centre that brings together projects focused on the theatre. An Officer of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she was also awarded the Praemium Imperiale - Grants for Young Artists, in Japan, in 2014, for her work on behalf of the Zinsou Foundation.

  • Henry of Harenne

    Henry de Harenne is a communications expert, working mainly for private international companies, and a keen musician. He helped organise a series of trips for Jean-Dominique Burton to Central and East Africa and accompanied him on several of these, essentially photographic expeditions: from the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Congo and Burundi, to the Ngong Hills in Kenya, from Lubumbashi to Matadi; and to Lake Kivu and its neighbouring provinces, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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