Christian Boltanski
[Artist, b. 1944, Paris, lives in Paris.]

 I try to find images that are sufficiently imprecise to be as widely shared as possible, vague images that spectators can embroider as they see fit. 
 I don’t want viewers to discover; I want them to recognize. 
 I hold a mirror to my face so that those who look at me see themselves and therefore I disappear. 
 I believe that the choice of new forms is simple a means for expressing oneself better at a given moment. New art forms lose their originality very quickly, which is why we have to be continually seeking new ones. Black-and-white photography was an interesting form a few years ago, but you can’t use it any more because it has become too recognizable. (1975) 
 I try to make my art viewed as if it were life, so that people can speak about my art as if it were something they know. This is why I use photos, since everyone can relate to them, and also why I talk about issues like death, which is important to everyone. 
 Everyone recognizes themselves in the photo album. 
 ...the photographer painters have only rarely attempted to use photography alone, in and of itself; they have almost always used it in conjunction with text, either greatly enlarged or in sequence, to distinguish themselves from photographers and show themselves as artists—the brush stroke being replaced by a text. 
 I had a score to settle with my childhood. The refusal to die was identified with the refusal to grow up, to become an adult. I wanted to show that situation as clearly as possible. Don’t forget my artistic sensibility derives from my personal mythology. What better medium could I have found, at the time, than photography, which seduced me as a “means” for capturing “truth.” 
quotes 9-16 of 18
first page previous page page 2 of 3 next page last page
display quotes