Joya: AiR / Harvesting the Sun
Harvesting the Sun - Thibault Duchesne
“The 1965 Sergio Leone’s “For a Few Dollars More” movie opens on a vast and arid landscape. An anonymous man, soon to be shot to death, is riding a horse under a crushing sun. This scene taking place in the so-called New Mexican far west was actually filmed in the Desierto de Tabernas in Andalucía — a two hour drive from Joya: AiR according to google maps.
I came to Joya to harvest the sun. It is the residency’s main source of energy.
I harvest solar energy for the production of two works.
The first one (above) is the continuity of a series I started last year, here at Joya. I draw volumes on large papers. These surfaces are like walls within a 3D simulation of an architectural space. By a choreographed overlay of symmetrical caches, I use the chemical properties of paper, letting the sun degrade the lignin and mark the surface where it was not covered. The paper turns yellow proportionally to the exposure time. The resulting images introduce a spacitality, yet they are the result of a temporality.
The second work uses the same principles only differently. Last year a thunderstorm occurred. I took photographs of the strange yet beautiful cloud formations prior to that event.
One of that picture was enlarged and printed as multiple negatives. Each of them was assembled to blue paper and left to bleach under the sun.
The temporality and sense of space are characteristic to Leone’s movies, perhaps those two intricate elements are inherently exacerbated in arid and harsh places. Getting lost in a territory is maybe what’s left to reevaluate our relation to nature and understand how it must be transformed”.