Dreams and visions are a fleeting product of our brain and yet they require a projection surface outside the conceptual world. What could be better suited to this than the vastness of space?
Space has thrilled and fascinated mankind since time immemorial. Man's yearning to conquer this abstract concept in all its dimensions - terrestrial, aerial, planetary and celestial - is a reflection of a constantly evolving existential quest. Voyages of discovery date back to protohistoric times and tell of a love of adventure and challenge, of failure, loss and of course success. Space research is seemingly endless, the dual meaning of the word "space" being pivotal. While the early modern period saw the exploration of the world captured on paper in wondrous hand-drawn sketches, today's world focuses on mathematical equations and abstract theories. Drones and satellites provide data that is subsequently analysed. Contemporary space exploration has assumed complex dimensions that are much more abstract than the original concepts.
In his work "Space Project", Vincent Fournier captures the authentic setting of this field of research, its technical resources and the monumental expenditure involved. The photographer's interest, however, focuses less on scientific curiosity than a hidden narrative element. Starting from an actual real context, he pushes his project towards the realm of fiction. The photography is not subject to a factual and contextual order, but rather a subjective and narrative development. Objective documentation alternates with shots that are staged. Under the direction of Fournier, the technological dream once again comes alive, the real space turning into the resonance body for human visions and stories.
English translation by Claire Weyland