Matthieu Gafsou


B.1981
Based in Lausanne

Matthieu Gafsou lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. After completing a MA in Philosophy, Literature and Cinema at the Université de Lausanne, he studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey. Since 2006, Gafsou has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and published five books.

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In 2009 Gafsou was awarded the prestigious “Prix de la fondation HSBC pour la photographie” and subsequently was invited to contribute to the Aperture Foundation’s 2010 reGeneration2 exhibition. In 2014, Lausanne’s influential Musée de l’Elysée hosted Gafsou’s solo show titled Only God Can Judge Me. In parallel to his artistic practice, Gafsou is on faculty at the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL).

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Selected works

Only God Can Judge Me

Only God Can Judge Me

Matthieu Gafsou

Matthieu Gafsou was immersed in Lausanne’s drug scene for more than a year. By using various formal approaches, he prosaically and at the same time emphatically documented the life of addicts. His dignified portraits of longtime drug abusers with their sharp-featured faces stirringly personalize a social problem. With still lifes he captured their contradictory living…

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Alpes

Alpes

With the series Alpes, Matthieu Gafsou reveals the complexity of the mountain torn as it is between different perceptions: untouched nature, romanticism heritage, and exploitation by the tourist industry. Since his series Espaces nomades Gafsou’s artistic preoccupations have been based on the connection between unspoilt nature and its domination by human beings.

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Sacré

Sacré

Inevitably, this series suggest Catholicism is a male religion, and then only when they have reached a canonical age. It suggests that this is a faith deserted by its troupes, despite the child’s baptism, its confessionals awaiting clients, that it has no contact with the outside world (...)

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Surfaces

Surfaces

Matthieu Gafsou seeks coherence in the incoherence of a country, Tunisia, creating photographs for the series “Surfaces”. Torn between the desire of Western modernity and comforts, and the utilisation of…

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Terres compromises

Terres compromises

The full body of pictures that makes up “Terres Compromises” is rich in subtlety, curiosity and a wry and unabashed intelligence. Photographer Matthieu Gafsou set out to document an admittedly…

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Books