Interview: Ismaël Gueymard

END: Shumen, Bulgaria

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Who is Ismaël Gueymard?

Half French, half Quebecer who grew up in Florida and New Hampshire, now living in Montréal. I sometimes feel like a redneck with artistic taste!

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END: Buzludzha, Bulgaria

END: Buzludzha, Bulgaria

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What is your present state of mind?

I’m pretty satisfied with END, my expo coming up. The result will be pretty impressive.

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Can you tell us a little bit more about it? Where does your interest for those Bulgarian monuments and cold landscapes comes from?

I’ve been working for a while on a photographic documentation of brutalist buildings around the world and Bulgaria was inevitable with it’s impressive sovietic architectural heritage. As for the cold landscapes, the nature was pretty generous with me, though I had to wait for the snowstorm to stop and it took three consecutive attemps in Buzludzha to actually see something, the top of the mountain being constantly covered with clouds.

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END: Shumen, Bulgaria

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You travel quite a lot, how is that a big part of your work AND your life? ( How does your life affect your art? )

For my work, travel and photography are inextricable. I can’t expect to do the things I do in my backyard and I always wish to push the boundaries and get out of my confort zone. When I travel, I get into a kind of transcendental solitary mood, in which I express myself better.

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Are they any recurring theme in your work?

The easy answer would be  « concrete », but frankly, I guess it’s more about the sensitivity and the emotions expressed by the pictures themselves. To me, every photo has to share a story, a sensation.

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END: Buzludzha, Bulgaria

END: Shumen, Bulgaria

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What would be the artistic project or collaboration of your dreams?

Probably a photographic project on Mars, but I will definitely want to come back on Earth after, so we can put that on hold for now.

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What inspired you the most recently?

Cold places, endless and unearthly landscapes, military-industrial complex, Miami Vice and hip hop culture.

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And finally, what’s coming up for you in the next few months?

Besides the Floridian swamps and grittiness that I can’t wait to find again on Christmas, I’m planning to travel in Central Asia next year.

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Not from END: Miami, Florida

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Make sure to stop at Artgang gallery this week to check out Ismael’s exhibition END .

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