Vincent Fournier

Born in 1970 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Lives and works in Paris, France.

© Vincent Fournier,  Black Celestial Tortoise [Manouria Praecognito] ,(Post Natural History series), 2018.

© Vincent Fournier, Black Celestial Tortoise [Manouria Praecognito],(Post Natural History series), 2018.

Vincent Fournier

Vincent Fournier

Vincent Fournier graduated in sociology and visual arts. He then studied at the National School of Photography in Arles from which he graduated in 1997.

He explores, with photography but also other mixed media, the various mythologies of the future: the space adventure, the utopian architectures, the artificial intelligence, the transformation of the living...

His works are part of several collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Mast Foundation in Bologna, the Libellule Collection of Domaine des Étangs in Massignac, the LVMH collection in Paris and the Bullukian Foundation in Lyon.

He has collaborated with Louis Vuitton (Nicolas Ghesquière), Baccarat New York Hotel (Gilles & Boissier), Isetan Tokyo (Diesel Shibuya Gallery) and Columbia Pictures (The Incredible Spider-Man II).

His project Post Natural History was published as a box set by Be-Poles (2013), as a book by Noeve Editions (2019) and was the subject of many presentations in museums and institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Mori Art in Tokyo, the MuseumScienceArt in Singapore, the EDF Foundation in Paris, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, the Contemporary Art Center of Pontmain, Australian Center for Photography in Sydney, the Institute of Architecture Rotterdam (NAI) and the Science Museum in Dublin, among others.

With his project Post Natural History, Vincent Fournier explores our relationship with nature and technology through an imaginary and anticipatory bestiary.

Post Natural History is inspired by the scientific « magic » and questions our connection to nature, between perception and knowledge, natural and supernatural, future and past, realism and surrealism. Like Renaissance cabinets of curiosities that explored distant spaces in search of unknown species, the Post Natural History project takes a trip back in time to imagine another Nature. With a beauty that is both strange and familiar, this poetic and sensitive bestiary mirrors our relationship to nature and technology by reflecting our hopes and fears.

Like encyclopedic boards of the future, the photographs reveal a collection of species in the process of appearing. Engraved on a brass plate, « scientific » explanations legitimize the images, paradoxically reinforcing both the reality and the fiction contained in these photographs. Post Natural History mixes history and anticipation, memory and science fiction.