Stéphane Korvin

France

Stéphane Korvin was born in 1981. He lives and works in Paris. His work consists of a photographical and pictorial exploration of projected spaces of the body, melancholic figures, and lands where life can be found winding within. His use of poetry explores daily life, looking at it from the inside out, leaving a very physical space for the body. He examines its contours and intersections, weighing the pressure of desire and questioning fear and the rustling of time.  

 

He is the founder of a creative literary journal called “Aka”, which he also crafts entirely by hand. He is the co-host of the periodical review “serie z”, inviting authors to contribute on subjects related to animality.

 

In 2015, he established the publishing house “Brûle-pourpoint” which re-publishes challenging, lost or forgotten books. Its first published title is “Non, rien” by Agnès Rouzier. 


His work consists of a photographical and pictorial exploration of projected spaces of the body, melancholic figures, and lands where life can be found winding within.

 

He produced a series of pictures in Gao, Mali based on the Calendrier Lagunaire by Aimé Césaire, which led to an exhibition at the Galerie Lucernaire in Paris. He also worked in a district of Istanbul, Turkey on the appropriation of streets by young Kurds (Les lieux obliques de l’enfance [Slanted places of childhood]). His last photographic project called Sous le tintamarre en nage [Under the soaked-in hullabaloo] takes place in southern India. It is accompanied by 21 texts that provide the foundation for the movement of a skeptical journey in a space beyond understanding. 

 

He began writing in order to provide captions to his photographs. Today, he continues to experiment with silver photography but does not develop the film rolls. Thus, the images remain a gesture, a memory. Gradually, drawing developed into a gesture to become the place where it takes hold, the place where both the hands and the eyes come to meet matter and time.

 

With poetry, he explores daily life, looking at it from the inside out, leaving a very physical space for the body. He examines its contours and intersections. Over the years, his writing has slowly evolved from looking at the affectations of the body to tackle his own anxieties in a more metaphysical way.

 

Each of his books recounts the story of an experience, an isolation, taking on the accidental form of his writing.

 

Written in 2009 and published in 2012, Percolamour explores the pressure of desire in the path of two bodies meeting up and then breaking apart. Several voices are found roaming and criss-crossing through the pages. It is the place of a musical experiment attempting to hold the voices together, trying at the same time to save the meaning of the words and of the love story. It is also the record of the fragmentation of both the poem and its writer.

 

Bas de casse (2015) [Bottom case] was written slowly, as if trying to link the hours and its bumps together, so as not to shake them up too much. Acknowledging a presence on the ground or a line, like a child crouching in front of a window pressing his finger towards the rain but it’s the glass that becomes misty. It is the same with the voice of this book, it connects the dots. There is also an enlightenment of the breath, the desire to make a book with the continuous breath of a sentence, whether inhaling or exhaling, an enlightenment of slowness, of a dull sadness, almost pleasant, in an ancient and somewhat warm scenery. This book was written while drinking softly but without giving up.

 

Noise (2015) is the record of a sound, of the making of a phrase out of nothingness, of the transition from sound to word, a quarrel, and the acute fears from childhood such as the fear of becoming blind. This is a book where the eyes are filming, stories clash against one another, and death is nearby.

 

Currently, he is working on a triptych of three books called Désordre [Mess].  

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by Stéphane Korvin