Sequenced to form an almost cinematographic narrative, the images of Pierre Ollier are of a troubling beauty and relate more to the quest for identity than to the road movie. One can perceive the silence and the solitude of the photographer/narrator who is waiting for the right moment to capture that golden light which is so peculiar. Is the reality of the Tabernas desert photographed here or indeed the echo of a memory, that of so many generations’ fascination with the golden age of cinema?
A mysterious link seems to be formed between this savage territory and those men who seem frozen in a “replay” of another era. We are in Spain and yet Hollywood imagery is pouring into this desert land. Among the worn decor, the figure of the “lonesome cowboy” appears, fleeting, almost disembodied.
The C.L.I.N.T.E.A.S.T.W.O.O.D. series is like the monumental Hollywood sign on Mount Lee. Erected in a splendid landscape, it is the imprint of the excesses of man. Its name triggers the dream. Monumental, the letters stretch across the hill like an affront to nature. Yet they are no less fragile. Forever gnawed by rust, but eternally repainted to maintain the dream, they carry within them the threat of collapse. Between fiction and reality, the images of Pierre Ollier evoke the duplicity of the Tabernas desert and question us about the meaning and identity of this region.
may 2017, O. Goutal
Works and live in Paris
2016: Laureate of the Photomed Awards 2016
Exhibition N°1, Galerie Goutal
Photomed Beirut, Liban
Festival de la Photographie Méditerranéenne, Sanary-sur-mer
Carpe Noctem, Troisièmes Rencontres Photographiques, Eygurande
Don de Soie, l’atelier de couture, Maison Franc Moisin – Bel Air, Saint-Denis
Melo Vacua, Find Rangers Zine Release Show, Book and Job Gallery, San Francisco