Denis Darzacq

B. 1961 Paris, France; based in Paris

Best know for his images that capture the poetic expressionism of bodies in motion, Denis Darzacq’s varied series all share a preoccupation with duality and incongruity — nature and culture, digital versus human, creation versus consumption.

Denis' popular series La Chute (2005-2006) and Hyper (2007-2009) documented dancers flying and falling in unusual contortions, mirroring the anxiety of a generation caught at the sociopolitical crossroads of the times. While a later iteration, Act (2008-1011) invited young people with disabilities to express freedom from limitations by performing in a similar manner. More recently with Doublemix (2014-2015) and Contreformes (2017), a new formalism has emerged but the photo/sculpture experimentations are still as much a commentary about consumerism and life in the digital age as they are about aesthetics. With an allegorical sensibility and collaborative spirit, Denis fluently alternates between documentary and abstraction capturing the cultural consciousness of a world in flux.

Denis' work gained worldwide attention when he won a World Press Photo Award in 2007 for La Chute. He also received the Niépce Prize in 2012. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including Centre Pompidou, Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Bidwell Projects, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Caldic Collection, and Agnès B.