Échappée belle, place du marché, Clervaux
Before it was turned into a book, "The World We Live In" was a collection of individual photography series, assembled possibly during trips or from commissions. The work sits between reportage and independent research. In any case, Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek's work comes across as very succinct, narrative even, as well as illustrative, better even instructive, descriptive, explanatory, familiar, whimsical...
"The World We Live In" is a colourful portrait, drawn up in style, romantically cultural, functional, disciplined and varied, proud, a little crowded, distant and near, profound yet at the same time superficial, monumental, innocent, seductive. Solitarily isolated but united, traditionally musical, animal loving, colourful, relatively historical, logically organised to institutionalised, scientifically uncharted, partially fossilised, intimate, wild, free, dustily geometrical, plastic and hollow, decoratively ornamental, inhuman: terrible. Oh yes, and let us not forget, cold, funny, dangerously costly, marvellously insolent, vigorous, but also adorable, a little bit - fuzzy?
Alive really! What do you want?
texte: A. Meyer / Clervaux - cité de l'image