Frederic Fontenoy

Frederic Fontenoy

Frédéric Fontenoy was born in 1963. His photography focuses on the portrayal of the human body. In his opinion, photography is a profoundly artistic medium. Since the release of his photographic series entitled Métamorphosein 1988, he has been challenging the notion that it can only be used for realist depictions. His sources of inspiration include Distortions, a photographic series by Andre Kersetz, and The Anatomy of the Image, a book by Hans Bellmer. In 2006, he began working on a fictional series of intimate scenes wherein he merges the history of the artistic and political avant-garde of the 20thcentury with a subtle yet powerful eroticism. Fontenoy’s artwork is brimming with symbolism evoking the Second World War as well as references to surrealist art. Thus, his photographs transcend the timeframe of a single era, beguiling the collective unconscious. The photographer is also the only male character depicted in the ‘darkroom scenes’. The great maestro behind these stagings, a double, fiendishly imaginative and perverse, thus attempts to bring madness to its most ambitious expression – Art. The elaborate space of the photograph, polymorphous both in surface and in depth, and the photographer’s dual relationship with his subject are not inferior to the games he plays with mirrors.
An optic device, Frédéric Fontenoy’s room represents the author’s mental space. Fontenoy has participated in various group expositions and contemporary art fairs. He has also held solo exhibitions in major European cities such as Paris, Milan, Budapest, Brussels, and Ljubljana.
French original: Guillaume Falourd

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Variations, ON/ Gallery, Beijing, China

2016
Inside, Galerie Episodique, Paris, France
Inside, Galerie Le Ballon Rouge, Paris, France

2014  
Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Le Quatorze, Caen, France

2013    
Fotofever, Galerie Emilie Dujat, Paris, France

2012  
Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussel, Belgium
Fotofever, Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussel, Belgium

2011   
Galerie Sparts, Paris, France

2001 
Mikros Images, Paris, France

1995  
Image 95, Vevey, Suisse
Vivienne art Galerie, Paris, France

1994 
Institut Français de Budapest, Hungary
Galerie Roczkov avec l’Alliance Française, Szeged, Hungary

1990 
Galerie Menotti, Milan, Italy

1989     
Galerie Vrais Rêves, Lyon, France

1987 
Galerie Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Convergences, On-Gallery, Pékin, Chine
Bacchanales, Espace d’art contemporain Anne+, Paris
Galerie Jos Depypere à Kuurne/Courtrai, Belgique
Salo VI, Salon du dessin érotique, Paris

2017  
Ba-Ta-Clan Project, Université de Marburg, Allemagne, France
This night will never down, On-Gallery et Galerie Episodique, Paris, France
L’envers du Réel, On-Gallery et Galerie 24b, Paris, France

2016
Photo Shanghai, On-Gallery, Shanghai, China
Emotions Photographiques, in)(between gallery, Paris, France
Rencontres Parisiennes de la Photographies Contemporaines, Rozali’Art Gallery
Ba-Ta-Clan Project,
Galerie Le 18 bis, Paris, France
A Table, Akiza la galerie, Paris, France
“Amours, corps et Âmes”, Galerie Le Magasin de Jouets, Arles, France
Surrealists are back downtown, Macadam Gallery, Brussel, Belgium
Normal magazine expose à La Galerie Le Ballon Rouge, Paris, France

2015  
Photo Shanghai, On-Gallery, Shanghai, China
Another Day, On-Gallery, Ying Art Center, Shanghai, China
Galerie Leopold 22, Knokke, Belgium

2014  
Galerie Hubert Konrad, Paris, France
Fotofever, Galerie Emilie Dujat, Paris, France
Galerie Emilie Dujat, Dark & Lumières, Brussel, Belgium
MIA fair avec Noema gallery, Milan, Italy
Unclean Project, Somos art, Berlin, Germany
Galerie Akiza, Paris, France
Noema Gallery, Milan, Italy
Salon de Mai, Paris, France

2013
Les Fesses, Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussel, Belgium
L’homme, Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussel, Belgium
Les Baisers, Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussel, Belgium
Fotofever, Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussel, Belgium

2011 
Undergroud, Le Cabinet des Curieux, Paris, France
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Deuxième Festival Ironie, La galerie Episodique, Paris, France
On the Ephemeral in Photography, Ordinary Light Photography, London, UK
London Art Fair, Ordinary Light Photography & HotShoe gallery,London, UK

2010    
Ordinary Light Photography, London, UK
Salon de Mai, Paris, France

2009  
Salon de Mai, Paris, France

2008 
Salon de Mai, Paris, France

2004 
Salon Jeune Création, Paris, France

2003 
Festival Vidéoformes de Clermont-Ferrand, France

2002 
Troisième Festival International de Photographie, Clermont-Ferrand, France

1996  
Exposition Encuentro, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, Spain

1994 
Salon International de la Recherche Photographique de Royan
Galerie Vrais Rêves, Lyon, France
Mois Off de la Photographie, galerie de la SPADEM, Paris, France

1993   
Salon International de la Recherche Photographique de Royan
Galerie Roczkov et Art Venture, Budapest, Hungary
Péchés Capitaux, Centre de la Photographie de Genève

1991 
Image Primordiale, Centre d’art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
Panorama des Panoramas, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
Instruments of Change, Stills Gallery, Edimbourg
Men Nude, Portfolio Gallery, London

1990 
Photographies d’Europe de l’Ouest, Moscow, Russia
Galerie Vrais Rêves aux Rencontres Internationales de Photographie,  Arles, France
Roland Dufau, sculpteur de lumière, Paris, France

1989
Quatrième Biennale Moins Trente du Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
Palazzo Monte Nuevo di Pieta, Brescia, France

1988  
Cinquième Triennale Internationale de Photographie, Fribourg, Suisse