Q&A with Matthieu Gafsou
For his Australian Exclusive, Swiss artist Matthieu Gafsou tracks the transhumanist movement across Europe and is bringing H+ to the streets of Melbourne, with nine images from the series towering over Swanston Street on the lawns of St Paul’s Cathedral.
I love cooking, drinking good wine. I am an anxious but happy epicurean!
My working method is quite simple. When an idea seems interesting to me, philosophically and thematically, I start to document myself. I read academic publications, I read as much as I can. Soon enough, I think about the different types of images I would like to use, I start mapping my ideas, making lists. As the creative process goes on, I eliminate a lot of tracks, I modify the direction, I adapt, as I succeed and also as I fail.
As time goes by, my projects become more and more ambitious but also more difficult to realize. I often face aporias and have to question my work.
My influences are mainly outside the photographic medium: literature, scientific research and film are my main sources of inspiration.
My project Only God Can Judge Me, set in the Swiss drug scene. Even if it didn’t work as well as some of my other projects, I learned a lot and received a lot of human experience while making it. This project has left an impression on me and really made me realise the need to use photography to show the invisible: that which cannot be seen or that we do not wish to see.
This theme speaks to me a lot. Not only because it concerns the work I am exhibiting, H+, which deals with transhumanism, but above all because the crises we are going through today (ecological, war or virus) question the place we humans have taken in the world and push us to an exercise of decentring. I believe that humanity will have to learn another language than that of force.
Playing chess, reading books, be with my wife and sons. Cycling.
Don’t hesitate to confront your fears but also accept that you are fragile.