In their photograms — each of which, by the way, is a one-off image — Françoise and Daniel Cartier combine an archaic photographic technique with objects that are part and parcel of contemporary life and modern consumer society: lingerie, doll clothes, handkerchiefs and bathing caps on the one hand and, on the other, skeletal doll outlines, X-rays, strands of hair and self-portraits. The objects are almost all bathed in a rose-pink color of varying degrees of transparency, each boasting an aura of its own. While present in the traces, indeed almost tangible marks, they leave on the paper, they are at the same time absent, slowly fading away in the manner of an afterimage behind closed eyelids.

Martin Gasser, Curator / Swiss Foundation for Photography

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