Vincent Fournier

The Man Machine

Is this the world that awaits us? Are we going to make robots work more and more, and closer and closer to us? Are we actually turning into robots? All this –and much more– is to be found behind these images, which lack neither humour nor vigour. Their author makes it perfectly clear: “However you analyse phenomena, index them, process them, measure them, the investigation doesn’t necessarily lead to any definitive answers, and the questions just get bigger. The universe is not as well ordered as our machines. It acts in an irrational, chaotic, violent and mysterious way, and even though there are computers that can design our forests, the control remains artificial. In the first place, our knowledge is subordinate to our ignorance. These scientific questionings have nourished my artistic work. They are the point of departure from which I construct stories I want to tell. Most of my images are staged, the situations composed, recreated, and interpreted. They are tableaux, micro-fictions, wrought with an aesthetic and pictorial eye. This work began with the field of space and it continues with new scientific research into robotics and synthetic biology. I always try not to fix the meaning of my photographs, and to leave them open to interpretation, often in suspense between two extremes like documentary and fiction, sense and nonsense, or living and artificial…”.


Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in 1970, Vincent Fournier grew up on the Breton coast. He graduated in Sociology and took a Master’s degree in Visual Arts in Montpellier and, three years later, he won a diploma at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles. His photographs, allegories of childhood dreams in which reality fuses with science fiction, have been shown at several art fairs and international galleries. He has published four: Space Project, Past Forward, Brasilia and Post Natural History. He lives and works in Paris.