Louis Jammes


Louis Jammes (born 1958, Carcassonne, France) began his creative career amid the stirrings of the figuration libre (free figuration) movement in 1980s France, establishing a distinctive style by subjecting his portrait shots to double exposure, special effects in the development process, and other techniques that created a multi-layered structure in the finished work with the photographic image thus becoming one element of an abstract expression.

Jammes is known for his photographs of Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and other famous artists, but equally for work that has taken him to the Berlin Wall, Iraq, Sarajevo, the Gaza Strip, Egypt, and many other scenes of international dispute and conflict where he has addressed more serious themes. Capturing images of people caught up in tragic situations, Jammes transforms them into artworks that bring out the inner dignity and beauty of the subject. This, his first solo exhibition in Japan, presents pieces from Chernobyl, which continues to experience the aftermath of the nuclear power station accident.


Principal exhibitions


2016   Parcours, Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris

2016    Lucie, L’Aspirateur, Narbonne

2015    Centre d’art plastique, La Lune En  Parachute, Epinal
             Sanctuary, SferaExhibition, Kyotography Festival, Kyoto
             Duplex 100 m2, Sarajevo Bosnie

2013    Installation sur les murs du Caire, place Tharir (suite)

2012    Installation sur les murs du Caire, place  Tahrir

2004   Brother [Irak], Galerie RX, Paris (solo)

2003   Rendez-vous 4, Collection Lambert,   Avignon

2001   Les Dolganes, Galerie du Jour Agnès b., Paris (solo)

1996   Sarajevo, Dublin, intervention sur les murs de la ville (solo)
           Ouganda, Tanzani, Galerie du Jour Agnès b., Paris (solo)
           Le voyage extraordinaire, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon

1995   Arts 95, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Helsinki
            Interventions sur des monuments publics, Strasbourg, France et Madrid, Spain

1993 – 1994   Festival d’Hiver, intervention sur les murs de la ville de Sarajevo (solo)

1993 – 1994   Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, Japan (solo)

1993   Sarajevo, 24èmes Rencontres Photographiques, Chapelle de Méjean, Arles (solo)

1992   Tchernobyl, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (solo) 
             Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tulle (solo)
             Pavillon Français, Exposition Universelle,  Séville (solo)
             Images métisses, Institut du Monde Arabe,  Paris

1991   1ère Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon (solo)

1990   Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki (solo)
             Plaisir du photographe, Galerie Maeght, Paris

1989   Les années 80, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Jouy en Josas
            Images critiques, Musée d’Art Moderne de la  Ville de Paris
            Artbus, CAPC, Bordeaux (solo)

1988   Musée des Beaux-Arts, Carcassonne (solo)

1987   Dart Gallery, Chicago (solo)

1986 - 1987   Photography as perfomance, The Photographers’ Gallery, Londres
                         Peindre-Photographier, Espace Niçois  d’Art et de Culture, Musée de Nice  (solo)
                         Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi (solo)

1985   Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (solo)

1984   New Attitudes : Paris/New York, Pittsburg Center of Arts, Pittsburg

1983   Riekje Swart Gallery, Amsterdam (solo)