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Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King Jr. (with Flag), Selma March, 1965 © Steve Schapiro & Fahey/Klein Gallery
Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King Jr. (with Flag), Selma March, 1965 © Steve Schapiro & Fahey/Klein Gallery

Autonomous Objects (Objets Autonomes) is a set of photographs created by French photographer Louis Matton on the ZAD( differed development zone) of Notre-Dame-des-Landes between 2012 and 2015. The objects, sculptures, and installations created in-situ, populating the space alongside the inhabitants, mark their territory. Produced and used to autonomously live where they are, they respond to police and military harassment. They are a testimony to a singular, hand-crafted know-how, blending creativity and protest. Like some scout anti-manual, the photographic ensemble concentrates different concrete ways of taking the material and territorial existence of our lives back into our hands, and, by revealing the plasticity in this means of expression, attempts to develop a new charting of the zone.

Philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari wrote one day: “It is the emergence of (quality) expression which will define territory. […] It [color] becomes expressive […] when it acquires a temporal consistency and a spatial range that makes a territorial mark, or rather a territorialization, a signature. […] The Scenopoietes dentirrostris bird sets its marks by dropping the leaves it has cut from the tree every morning, then turning them around so that their paler inner surface contrasts with the ground; the inversion produces a material for expression…”

Louis Matton, Objets Autonomes
June 2- 17, 2017
20 rue de la Corderie
75003 Paris