'interview pour le Château d'eau par Dominique Roux...
The one he calls his interior foe - this dark side in each one of us which we try to constantly restrain - is given full freedom of expression, and the ability to overcome bodily constraints. During two months, in a derelict hangar beating to the tribal rhythms of Kate Bush'es album "the Dreaming", he pushes himself and his models over the brink of exhaustion, reaching out for total burnout. At that climactic point, the mind disincarnates itself from the body, leaving behind a mechanical flesh and bone entity, bereaved of any willpower: except that of the photographer's dictates, or , rather, those of his subconsciousness.
TIME OF WAR
Incarnation remains the main theme in Valsecchi's oeuvre. Thus he decided to dive into his DUST series once again, whilst adding a parameter to it: a soul of their own. Deliberately choosing to set the second part of his "I AM DUST" saga in a former arms factory, this autobiographic project is on the theme of incarnation and Samsara. Whereas the first part illustrated the photographer's cosmology, TIME OF WAR liberates those chaos-spawned creatures. The title, inspired by the Prado Museum's 2008 Exhibition : GOYA in Times of War, which commemorated the War of Independance, equally portrays this crying-out for emancipation. From then on, Characters have a history, and are out to conquer. Their bodies tense, each mote of muscle tissue contracts itself, shoulders heave. The primeaval ash, this very element which has transiently crossed through the cycles of life and death, seems to burst out in an explosion of effort, unless this be the final agonizing breath of these Ovidian heroes. This is about survival." Opion Gallery