« Mysteries and games of transformation.
Objects from the neighborhood transformed into mute citizens of this city, but fully citizens, who look at the photographer who surprised them.
Because he has seen in their transformation the symbol of their integration: they came from all over the world, and now they are standing in the landscape, in a great way. They look at me, I tighten the ear and I hear them: they speak French! The Origènes are no longer strangers, they are just strange. I see them and they look at me. My camera is a transformation developer. Everyone has a strong personality that comes through.
So is the Asian guy of the canal. I suspect him of leaving his tree at night to go to the pagoda, but he is mainly loyal to his place, close to the canal. There, he is a point of reference. A new city, so young, needs references/new-fathers. If he is getting old, it is with the slow rhythm of the tree where he took shape; I should say where he took face. Under cover, but still exposed to bad weather. The reference point can’t hide. He cannot hide the stigmata of some visible suffering on the surface of the skin, like this vertical scar. This is indeed the mark of an aggression: a gash in the middle of the face, as the mark of a blade that would have split the face from top to bottom, still red, swollen. The Asian guy of the canal can become a scapegoat. It is too easy to pick on a point of reference with a shape of Asian guy integrated in the city-landscape, trying to show the way to human beings who are losing the North. My photography is becoming a compassion act.
He is improving his sense of humanity. Overcoming his pain, he becomes hieratic and appears more and more under a mask shape, which is practical to escape from the fate of his transformation: from tree to face, from Asian to guide, from immigrate to citizen, and from suffering human being to ritual mask; final point of transformation that leads to transcendental. By dint of showing his face, he makes the extreme and essential traits bulging, until they create the mask. Would that be hiding? Unless he would like to show himself again, but under a new shape, a face that would give a word: so his name was born this way, the Asian guy of the canal. Mysteries and games of transformation”.
Claude Charles Mollard was born on September 9th, 1941 in Chambéry (Savoie, France). He is a cultural expert, an artist-photographer and a writer.
Bachelor of law, awarded with a diploma by the Institute of Political Studies of Lyon, he is an alumnus of the École nationale d'administration (1965/1967).
From 2004 till 2010, he is councilor-master (councilor-teacher, adviser-master) to Court of Auditors.
He is at present a president of the association of the friends of Frans Krajcberg, councilor (adviser) of the president of the IMEC (Institute reports(memoirs) of the contemporary edition(publishing)) Jack Lang for the project of transfer of the typographic Workshop(Studio) of the Government Printing Office since Paris in the abbey of Ardennes near Caen. Claude Mollard is also a teacher and a speaker with the universities of Aix-Marseille, Genoa, Rio de Janeiro, ICART ( Paris).
Claude Mollard decided to make public his work photoschedules that he leads for more than 40 years. He began to make exhibitions of photos which reproduce the spirits of the nature, goes out of human-looking landscapes
He began an inventory in numerous countries of "Origènes", name he gives to his anthropomorphes photos, to identify through these faces which the prehistoric men had already recognized, the origins of our culture, the art and thus the man himself.
He published diverse works among which one on the metamorphosis of the portraits of Pompeii and the most recent, in 2012, on "Graphogènes", unmasked faces in urban graffitis.
Since 2005, he has numerous exhibitions in Marrakesh, Strasbourg, Ghent, Brussels, Karlsruhe, Paris (Space Paul Ricard), Naples, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, abbey of Silvacane, Meknes, Lima (Peru), Paris ( various galleries), Mainz, Lille (Museum of the fine arts(School of Fine Arts)), São-Paulo (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Botanical garden), Nançay ( France), Garches (cultural Fund(Collection) of the Hermitage).
2021 Figures d’abimes , Quand les Origènes entrent à l’hôtel d’Agar, Hôtel d’Agar, Cavaillon
Enfances, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
2020 Le torse d’une femme à la pureté d’un vase, grandes courbes simples d’un fruit désiré, Parcours d’art contemporain autour d’Auguste Rodin, 1 exposition, 5 lieux, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
2019 L’Arbre c’est le temps rendu visible, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
2018 Miroir des Sentiments, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
2017-2018 Une anthropologie imaginaire, European House of Photography, Paris
2017 Il est grand temps de rallumer les étoiles, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
2016 Faces à Faces, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris
Vénus et Vulcain, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
From 2005 to 2015: 59 exhibitions in 8 different countries..
2015 La forêt parallèle de Frans Krajcberg : Espace Krajcberg, Paris , Janvier
Les Origènes du lieu. Remix Coworking, Paris, Avril The revisited collection of Denyse and Philippe Durand-Ruel,Garches,Fonds culturels of the "Ermitage", Juin
Presentation of theErmitage. The Origins of Lebanon. Higher School of Business, Beyrouth, September
Participation in the opening of the Visionnairs gallery in Singapore, December
2014 Visionairs Gallery, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore, Janvier
Launching exhibition of the Visionairs Gallery : Les esprits du Jardin botanique de Singapour, Singapore, June
Cultural Funds of the Ermitage, president Martine Boulart : Les Esprits des Vallons. Publication of the book by Beaux-Arts éditions, preface by Jean-Hubert Martin,Garches, September
2013 Origen of Brazil, Space Krajcberg,Paris,January
Exhibition back to school,Nançay, Galerie Capazza, March
Rio de Janeiro, Botanical Garden: Les Origènes du Naturalisme intégral, with the book of Frans Krajcberg et Claude Mollard New Manifesto of integral naturalism, April
Cultural Funds Chateauform, direction Martine Boulart : De l’ombre à la lumière, Hôtel de Montmorency, Paris, September
Salon Art Elysée, Paris, Galerie Capazza, October
2012 Matières à réflexion. Galerie Capazza, Nançay, January
Les Graphogènes, personal exhibition of 30 Graphogènes on the occasion of the publication of the book Graphogènes by Critères, with prefaces by Robert Delpire and Jean-Michel Frodon.Galerie Itinerrance,Paris, April
Origènes et Graphogènes, gallery Garden Begramoff , Bruxelles, May
Des Origènes aux Graphogènes, Visionnair Galerie , Paris, June-september
2011 Personal exhibition whose photos of the Machu Picchu, Paris, Galerie Frédéric Moisan, rue Mazarine, March
Participation au stand de la galerie Frédéric Moisan avec les Origènes de Pompéi. Lille, Lille art Fair, April Exposition des Origènes de la ville nouvelle. Evry, Hôtel de ville, May
Long-term presentation of the Origenes of the world in the bays of the cathedral of Evry realized by Mario Botta.Evry, cathedral, May and June.
Within the framework of the Transphotographiques, presentation of the Origenes of Lille, realized with the help of the Fresnoy. Curators: Françoise Paviot and Gabriel Bauret. Text by Gabriel Bauret. Lille, Museum of Fine Arts, June
Night of the photo : participation to the exhibition organized by Véronique Spahis. Paris, place Saint Sulpice, June
Capazza Gallery, summer Nançay
The Origenes of the garden center, presentation of the Origenes of the wood transformed into a landscaped space.Agglomération du plateau de Saclay, SeptemberContemporary Art Fair: participation in the stand of the gallery Cappaza. Strasbourg, Start, November
Galleria Sergio Caribé: solo exhibition Sao Paulo (Brazil), December
2010 French Institute, Mainz, Germany, February
Gallery K5, Mainz, Germany, February
Participation in the exhibition of Pneumogènes, Capazza Gallery, Nançay, France, March
Exhibition of photos made in crossing with paintings by Valérie Honnart: Contaminazioni. Catalog with the works and texts of both artists. B-Gallery, Rome, April
Participation in Lille art fair in the framework of the Sponte gallery. Lille, April
Exhibition of "Graphogènes" at the Sponte Gallery, Paris, December
2009 Exhibition of the Origenes of Pompeii. Paris, CIC Bank, January
The origins of the world. Meknes, French Institute, March
Installation of the People of Origen: taken in Meknes, hung in the streets of the medina and in the entrance gallery of the royal palace: Bab Mansour. Meknes, Medina and Bab Mansour, April
Participation in the exhibition Beyond Water, organized by Alice and Jean-Clarence Lambert, France, Burgundy, Dracy, March
Exhibition of 40 Origenes, Christianity, Islam and animism. Peru, Osma Museum, September
Exhibition with Dominique Paulin. Paris, Sponte Gallery, December
Origenes at the end of the year exhibition. Gallery Basia Embiricos , Paris, December
2008 Participation in the fair. Lille, Lille art Fair, April
Exhibition on two floors of about thirty photos. Donjon de Chamaret, Drôme provençale, June to September
Participation in the exhibition organized by Marie-Claude Le Floc'h. Neuilly, AROA Gallery，September
Exhibition realized with Robert Moro, with the presentation of stellar. Arles, Espace Van Gogh，September
Origenes of the world and Origenes of the abbey. Presentation in the refectory of the abbey with stained glass windows decorated by Sarkis.La Roque d'Anthéron, Abbaye de Silvacane ，October-December
Claude Mollard is invited by the salon. Paris, Salon Art-Elysée ，October
The Origenes of Pompeii. Presentation with a catalog, Metamorphosis of the portrait, and writings by Claude Mollard and Michel Sicart.Paris, Galerie Itinerrance,December
2007 "The Grenoble" Exhibition of 29 prints on canvas, Naples. French Cultural Institute, February to March
Exhibition Figuratifs présents, painting and photography : with the artists Gérard Fromanger, Caspar and Edward Hillel, with the participation of Christine Buci-Glucksmann and Pascale Lismonde. Up Art Gallery, Brussels. April
Exhibition with the artist Robert Moro at Espace d'art contemporain Sextus-Mirabeau, Aix en Provence. Espace Serxtus-Mirabeau, May
Fair of contemporary art Start. Strasbourg. November
2006 French Cultural Institute Marrakech, May
Exhibition and signing of the book Origènes, text by Christine Buci-Glucksmann, editions Cercle d'art. Brussels. Up-Art Gallery, October to December:
Exhibition and signing of the book "Origen" published by Cercle d'art. Karlsrhue. Franco-German Cultural Center, November to December
Signing of the book " Origène " published at the Cercle d'art and exhibition. Text by Christine Buci-Glucksmann. Joint presentation, with the painter Jean-Claude Van Blime and the video artist Caspar, of La césarienne de l'art. Paris. Espace Paul Ricard, 9, rue Royale, November
Launching of The Caesarean section of art and presentation of large formats of Origenes. Brussels. Gallery Up art, November
Exhibition, presentation of the video of the Caesarean section of art and signing of the book Origenes. Strasbourg. Start, international fair of contemporary art, November
Caesarian of art. International fair of contemporary art, Ghent. Belgium. Linéart, December
2005 Foire de l’art Start. Galerie le Divan bleu ,Strasbourg , Novembre
Ghent. Art fair. Gallery le Divan bleu , December