Gilbert Garcin

France 1929


Gilbert Garcin
Gilbert Garcin
October 27, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Gilbert Garcin is a French photographer known for his black-and-white photographs based on surrealistic metaphors and symbolism. Born in 1929, Garcin found his way of expression at the age of 65. Before, he was the owner of a lamp factory in the city of Marseilles.

He is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Photographs by Gilbert Garcin

Gilbert Garcin - Candidat de Gauche (Left Wing Candidate) - 2012 - home
Gilbert Garcin – Candidat de Gauche (Left Wing Candidate) – 2012

The Rencontres internationales de la photographie d’Arles, an annual summer photography festival in Arles, was the event that changed Garcin’s life. During one of the workshops, he met the photographer Pascal Dolesmieux who sparked his passion for photography by tutoring him in the trade. Aged 65, he retired and took up a trick photography workshop.

In his pieces, the artist is depicted as an typical “Mr. Everybody” in a cape who exposes visual puns and existential allegories within surrealist landscapes. His photographs and method are outrageously unique – his out-of-scale works are made only by cut and paste, without the aid of any digital technology. Garcin first takes a self-portrait, cuts out the resulting image, adds the element of self-portrait photography in a setting handmade from different kind of materials including cardboard and string, and photographs it again. By placing himself – and, not infrequently, his wife – in absurd and inextricable situations, he challenges the viewers to think about time, solitude and the weight of existence.

Invitation to Travel

Gilbert Garcin - Invitation au voyage (Invitation to travel) - 2009 - life
Gilbert Garcin – Invitation au Voyage (Invitation to Travel) – 2009

Aged 86, Garcin continues to make his extraordinary photographs without the use of Photoshop. He has published several books including Coffret G.G (2013), and Mister G. (2009).

His work has been included in many individual and collective shows in galleries and museums worldwide including Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto; Galerie Infocus Arnold Burkhard, Cologne; Maison du Peuple, Bruxelles; Malmö Museum, Malmö; Galerie 127, Marrakech; House of Photography, Oslo; Hartmann Gallery, Barcelona; and Musée de la Photographie, Braga, among others.

Nothing is Perfect

Gilbert Garcin - Rien n’est parfait (Nothing is perfect) - 2007 - page
Gilbert Garcin – Rien n’est Parfait (Nothing is Perfect) – 2007

Gilbert Garcin lives and works in Marseille.

Featured image: Gilbert Garcin – Le dessous des choses – The hidden side of things, 2001
All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Paris-PhotoGalerie Camera Obscura, Grand-Palais, ParisGroup
2015LALAN a 20 ansMusee Arts et Histoire de Bormes, Bormes-les-Mimosas, FranceGroup
2015UnknownSpazi Espositivi della Provincia, Pordenone, ItalieGroup
2015Ainsi va le mondeGalerie Detaille, MarseilleSolo
2015Faire de son mieux – Les travaux de Monsieur GGalerie Camera Obscura, ParisSolo
2015Gilbert GarcinAcb scene nationale Bar-le-Duc, FranceSolo
2015N&BEspace Esperluette, Cavaillon, FranceGroup
2015Gilbert Garcin’s work, Art on Paper FairStephen Bulger Gallery’s booth, NY, USASolo
2015Les utopies de Gilbert GarcinLe cri des lumieres, Chateau de LunevilleSolo
2014Gilbert Garcin & Peikwen ChengGalerie Infocus Arnold Burkhard, Cologne, AllemagneSolo
2014Gilbert GarcinMaison du Peuple, Bruxelles, BelgiqueSolo
2014Mr G, fotografier av Gilbert GarcinMalmö Museum, SuedeSolo
2014Gilbert GarcinGalerie 127, Marrakech, MAROCSolo
2014VISAGESVieille Charite MarseilleSolo
2014Gilbert GarcinAlliance Francaise, Bogota, ColombieSolo
2013Gilbert Garcingalerie Elipsis a Istanbul, Turquie Solo
2013Gilbert GarcinStiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg, Allemagne Solo
2013Marseille 2013 Capitale de la CultureGalerie Detaille, France Group
2013L'eau et les revesJumieges, France Solo
2013Rencontres Internationales de la photographie a ArlesArles, FranceGroup
2013Gilbert GarcinGalerie Tanto Tempo, Kobe, Japon Solo
2013Gilbert GarcinUniversite de Louvain, Belgique Solo
2013Festival du film a MartignyMartigny, Suisse Group
2012Gilbert GarcinGalerie Infocus, Cologne, Allemagne Solo
2012Gilbert GarcinNordisk Light Event Kristiansund, Norvege Solo
2012Gilbert GarcinHouse of Pgotography, Oslo, Norvege Solo
2012Gilbert GarcinMediatheque de Lourdes, France Solo
2012Gilbert GarcinGalerie Elipsis, Istanbul, Turquie Solo
2011Gilbert GarcinCentre Atlantique de la Photographie, Brest, France Solo
2011Gilbert GarcinCentre Meyrin, SuisseSolo
2011Gilbert GarcinStephen Bulber Gallery, Toronto, Canada Solo
2011Gilbert GarcinLisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA Solo
2011Fotofest Houston, Texas, USAGroup
2011Forum Meyrin Geneve, Suisse Solo
2011Head on Festival Sydney, Australie Group
2011Retrospective Ville de Nantes, France Solo
2011Retrospective Herblay, France Solo
2011Gilbert GarcinHermes, ParisSolo
2011Gilbert GarcinKunbsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Suisse Solo
2011Salon Paris-PhotoParisGroup
2010Gilbert GarcinL’ Arsenal, Metz, FranceSolo
2010Gilbert GarcinHartmann Gallery, Barcelone, EspagneSolo
2010Gilbert GarcinStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2010Gilbert GarcinAD GALERIE, Genolier, Suisse Solo
2010Gilbert GarcinCentre Arc en Ciel, Lievin, France Solo
2010Salon ArtbygeneveAD Galerie , Geneve, Suisse Group
2009Le Printemps des Poetes Dunkerque, FranceSolo
2009Humour et DerisionFondation Regards de Provence Marseille, FranceSolo
2009Annee de la France au BresilMUBE, Sao Paulo, BresilGroup
2009PhotoespanaAstarte Gallery, MadridGroup
2009Gilbert GarcinTrinta Gallery, Santiago di Compostella, Espagne Solo
2009Gilbert GarcinChapelle des Penitents Bleus, La Ciotat, FranceSolo
2009Arte-LisboaHartmann Gallery, Lisbonne, PortugalGroup
2009Festival du LavandouFranceGroup
2009Printemps de Poetes Dunkerque, FranceSolo
2009RetrospectiveEspace jacques Villegle, Saint-Gratien, FranceSolo
2009Humour et DerisionPalais des Arts, MarseilleGroup
2009Art-Madrid Trinta gallery Group
2008Festival NicephoreClermont Ferrand, FranceGroup
2008Festival image 08 Vevey, Suisse Group
2008Gilbert GarcinArtotheque Antonin Artaud, Marseille, France Solo
2008Gilbert GarcinExposition Place de Hotel de Ville, Rennes, France Solo
2008Gilbert GarcinGalerie du Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse, FranceSolo
2008Gilbert GarcinGalerie Hoopers, Londres, Grande-BretagneSolo
2008Gilbert GarcinMediatheque de l'Orne, Argentan, FranceSolo
2008Gilbert GarcinMusee de Gajac, Villeneuve sur Lot, FranceSolo
2008Arte-Lisboa Hartmann Gallery Group
2008Art-Chicago Trinta Gallery Group
2008TIAF Toronto Stephen Bulger Gallery Group
2008Arco-Madrid Trinta Gallery Group
2007Gilbert GarcinAbbaye de Corbigny, Nievre, FranceSolo
2007Gilbert GarcinFestival Alfred Jarry, Saint-Brieuc, FranceSolo
2007Gilbert GarcinGalerie Hartmann, Barcelone, EspagneSolo
2007Gilbert GarcinGaleria Carla Sozzani, Milano, Italy Solo
2007Gilbert GarcinArdenandanstruther Gallery, Pellworth, Great Britain Solo
2007Gilbert GarcinInfocus Gallery Arnold Burkhard, Cologne, Allemagne Solo
2007UnknownChateau de Nyon, SuisseGroup
2007Art BrusselsBrussels, BelgiumGroup
2007Art-Chicago Galerie Trinta Group
2007UnknownMusee de Liege, BelgiqueGroup
2007ARCO Madrid Galeria Trinta Group
2007London-Photo Hoopers Gallery Group
2006Gilbert GarcinGalerie TRINTA, Saint Jacques de Compostelle, EspagneSolo
2006Gilbert GarcinTheatre Royal de Namur, Belgique Solo
2006Gilbert GarcinFestival Explorafoto, Salamanque, EspagneSolo
2006Gilbert GarcinCentre d'Art Tecla Sala, Barcelone, Espagne Solo
2006Gilbert GarcinMois de la Photographie de Moscou, Russie Solo
2006Image/ItmageOrthez, France Solo
2006Gilbert GarcinMai de la Photographie de Quimper, France Solo
2006Gilbert GarcinMois de l'Image, Dieppe, France Solo
2006Gilbert GarcinCDNA, Grenoble Solo
2006Gilbert GarcinFNAC de Strasbourg Solo
2006Gilbert GarcinFNAC de Marseille Solo
2006Fotoencuentros Murcie, Espagne Solo
2006Gilbert GarcinGalerie Holden Luntz, Palm Beach, Floride USASolo
2006London-Photo Hoopers Gallery Group
2006Art-Chicago Trinta Gallery Group
2006Art-BrusselsBrussels, BelgiumGroup
2006UnknownKunsthalle Erfurt, Collection MEP, Allemagne Group
2005Gilbert GarcinFNAC de LyonSolo
2005Gilbert GarcinMois de la Photographie d'Athenes, Galerie Ileana Tounta Solo
2005Gilbert GarcinMois de la Photographie de Cholet, FranceSolo
2005Gilbert GarcinHoopers Gallery. Londres Solo
2005Gilbert GarcinBibliotheque de Chalons en ChampagneSolo
2005Gilbert GarcinTheatre de MarvejolsSolo
2004Gilbert GarcinFNAC CannesSolo
2004Gilbert GarcinGalerie La Passerelle, GapSolo
2004Gilbert GarcinFNAC Velizy Solo
2004Gilbert GarcinFNAC LilleSolo
2004Gilbert GarcinFNAC BordeauxSolo
2004Gilbert GarcinGalerie KOWSA Barcelone, EspagneSolo
2004Gilbert GarcinGalerie Focale Nyon, SuisseSolo
2004Festival de LiegeBruxellesGroup
2004DFOTO a San SebastienGalerie Kowasa Group
2004UnknownMediatheque de Pontault ComaultGroup
2004Art Rotterdam 2004 Galerie Kowasa Group
2003Biennale de la Photographie de PoznanPoznan, Pologne Group
2003Festival de la Photographie de TorontoToronto, Canada Group
2003Gilbert GarcinMusee de la Photographie, Braga, PortugalSolo
2003UnknownRegards Croises, Aix-en-ProvenceGroup
2003La Photographie EuropeenneMusee Wilfredo Lam. La Havane. CubaGroup
2003Artbrussels 2003 Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2002Gilbert GarcinGalerie du Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse Solo
2002Festival d’HerefordGrande-BretagneGroup
2002Gilbert GarcinGalerie FNAC Montparmasse, Paris Solo
2002Photoforum PasquartBienne, SuisseSolo
2002Gilbert GarcinGalerie Donne a voir, CahorsSolo
2002Gilbert GarcinGalerie l’Empreinte, MontmorillonSolo
2002Gilbert GarcinCentre d’Exposition de la ville de BobignySolo
2002Gilbert GarcinMaison des Arts de Thonon-les-BainsSolo
2002UnknownCentre de la Photographie de Geneve, SuisseGroup
2002UnknownMois de la Photographie de BangkokGroup
2002UnknownMois de la Photographie de SingapourGroup
2002UnknownFIAC, ParisGroup
2001Gilbert GarcinGalerie Barnoud, Dijon, FranceSolo
2001Noorderlicht Fotofestival, Artotheek de VeendamPays BasGroup
2001Fotofestival NaardenPays-BasGroup
2001Month of PhotographyBratislava, SlovaquieSolo
2001Rencontres PhotographiquesRodez, FranceSolo
2001Paris PhotoParisGroup
2001Stockholm Art FairStockholmGroup
2001Palais des Arts: Acquisitions recentes Fonds CommunalMarseilleGroup
2000L’ImagerieLannion, FranceSolo
2000Photoespana 2000Madrid, EspagneGroup
2000Aubenades de la PhotographieAubenas, FranceSolo
2000Gilbert GarcinEspace Photographique, Palais des Arts, Nogent-sur-Marne, FranceSolo
2000Photosynkyria 2000Thessalonique, Grece, Group
2000Carre AmelotLa Rochelle, FranceSolo
2000Gilbert GarcinMaison du Patrimoine, Six-Fours-Les-PlagesSolo
2000Chroniques photographiquesLucon, FranceSolo
2000Biennale de CuritibaCuritiba, Bresil Solo
2000Paris-Photo ParisGroup
2000Photoforum PasquartBienne, SuisseGroup
2000UnknownEspace Miremont, Plan de Cuques, Marseille, FranceGroup
2000UnknownLa Provence des photographes, Chateau de Borely, MarseilleGroup
2000UnknownMacedonian Museum of Contemporary Art. Thessalonique, Grece Group
2000UnknownEcole Nationale d'Art Decoratif, Limoges, FranceGroup
1999Journees photographiques de BienneBienne, SuisseSolo
1999Chapelle des Penitents BleusLa Ciotat, FranceSolo
1999Bastide Saint-JosephMarseille, FranceSolo
1999Gilbert GarcinEspace Ecureuil, Marseille, FranceSolo
1998Encontros da Imagem 98Braga, PortugalSolo
1998Rencontres photographiquesRodez, FranceSolo
1998Gilbert GarcinCentre d’art contemporain, GrignanSolo
1998Gilbert GarcinMois de la Creation Contemporaine, MartiguesSolo
1998Salon de la PhotographieAllauch, FranceGroup
1998Mois de la Creation ContemporaineMartigues, FranceGroup
1997Biennale Internationale de l’ImageNancy, FranceGroup
1997UnknownMusee de la Photographie, Mougins, FranceGroup
1997Salon d'Art ContemporainAles, FranceGroup
1997Rencontres Photographiques d'Arles (avec projection off)Arles, FranceGroup
1996Rencontres PhotographiquesSolignac, FranceSolo
1996Les Aubenades de la PhotographieAubenas, FranceSolo
1994Rencontres de la Photographie ContemporaineCavaillon, FranceGroup
1993Gilbert GarcinGalerie de la Fontaine Obscure, Aix-en-Provence, FranceSolo