PORTRAITS DE VILLES

LAURENT GUENEAU

Laurent Gueneau was born in Tonnerre, France, in 1964 and now lives in Paris. In both creative work and commissions, his work is always associated with nature.

In 1994, he publishes Les tombeaux qui font sourire la mort (The tombs that make death smile) in the magazine Connaissance des Arts. He then works for a long period in different cities in Eastern Europe. In 2001, he publishes 26.12.1999, a collection of photographs of the countryside after cyclone Lothar. This was a commission from the French Ministry of Agriculture and the start of a regular collaboration. In 2005, he is awarded a residency in Guangzhou, China, where he begins a new project focusing on vegetation in the urban environment.

The French photographer and documentary filmmaker Raymond Depardon selected this work for the 2006 edition of the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival. Between 2008 and 2013, he receives regular invitations for residencies to continue his work on urban geography. He has a residency in Brest, Brittany, with the Institut Européen de la Mer, and in La Rochelle, at the Carré Amelot.

He has published several works: a project to commemorate the centenary of the French metal workers’ union, a project to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Paris carpenters’ cooperative, a project in cooperation with farmers and Le Ruban, c’est la Mode, with Art and Industry museum, in Saint-Étienne, France.

His work has been exhibited at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, the French National Library, the Centre Atlantique de la photographie in Brest, and the Arts Centre in Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, in North East France, as well as at other festivals. In 2008, the Guangdong Museum of Art (China) awarded him a monographic exhibition.