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Passage du Désir
85-87 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
F-75010 PARIS
Métro Château d'eau (4) or Gare de l'est (4, 5, 7)

Tel: + 33 (1) 56 41 36 04


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REMI NOEL: photographs

Rémi Noël composes his images with next to nothing: an alarm clock, a magazine, a pair of binoculars, a plastic spider… Armed with his precious bric-a-brac, the photographer orchestrates impertinent chance encounters. Prepared with the care of an entomologist pinning an unknown species, these improbable confrontations imperceptibly give an unexpected twist to reality.

To successfully carry out his projects, Rémi Noël visits ordinary places in an obstinate hunt for the déjà vu: a beach of pebbles, a kitchen counter or a garage exit… Their familiar banality is the very guarantee of the extraordinary scene that he is planning to organise. Thus we discover Batman…crucified in a children’s bedroom. Or a telescope, deliberately trained on a…watermelon.

These unusual or burlesque visions make up a troubling and enigmatic universe. The dreariest everyday experience is skilfully transformed, and turned upside down. A world takes shape, balancing precariously on the wire of the absurd.

Curator: Catherine Mathis

Exhibition produced by the Passage du Désir with support from Janvier and BETC.


Rémi Noel

Born in Paris, 26th May 1963
Communication studies
Advertising Copywriter since 1990
Advertising Copywriter at BETC Euro RSCG since 2003
Winner of Fnac Young talent award, 1999
«Natures mortes mais pas trop» published by editions Eden/Janvier 2001
«Vaguement poétique» published by editions Eden/Janvier, 2003
Group Exhibition «Les créatifs derrière l’objectif» first edition, Palais de Tokyo, January 2004
«Confrontation/ histoire(s) parallèle(s)» group exhibition at the Paris Dutch Institute, November 2004
Group exhibition «Les créatifs derrière l’objectif» (creatives behind the camera), second edition, Palais de Tokyo, January 2005
Group Exhibition in FOAM (Photo Museum, Amsterdam), February 2005
Arles 2005, participation in the “Voies-off” festival.


Le Passage du Désir - chez BETC - 85/87 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin 75010 PARIS - Tél: + 33(0)1 56 41 36 04