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“In this [Alexandre Vitkine’s] abstract world where extremely taut lines define geometric spaces reminiscent as much of Mondrian as railway tracks with sinister connotations, man, a tiny, fragile silhouette adjusting a neon light, or on the point of being squashed by a concrete block and forever immobilised by his objective, always seems to represent this slippery balance, a metaphor for the paradoxes of contemporary ergonomics. Therein lies the philosophical reasoning behind Vitkine’s works. For beyond their purely aesthetic quality, they prompt reflection on the rapport between man and machine.”

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© Michaël Prazan

Alexandre Vitkine installation at Photo London 2018