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Camera Obscura

From deep in the Chauvet Cave, the visual expressions of an ‘animal society’ resonate across time with our modern perception. They bind us to our predecessors and allow us to catch a glimpse of the souls of an ancient society.

Their meaning both expands and refines our contemporary understanding of the continuing human story. We are connected to this new 'appearance of man' through a piece of charcoal and through our wild thoughts, bridging the 30,000 year gap.

Claude Troin

For many years Claude Troin has explored a fascination with the art produced by a 'primitive society'.  The foundation painting within Camera Obscura was realised in 2007. In 2014, when Izù Troin was asked to produce a film to celebrate the Chauvet Cave, a collaboration formed. Through studying the paintings found deep in the caves and using virtually unchanged tools, homemade charcoal and precious pigments, Claude has created images that vividly recall the world of 36,000 years ago.  

Through film and with light, and using charcoal and paint, the two artists developed a contemporary abstraction of shapes and textures. The resulting film is part of a collection of 15 short films entitled 36 000 Years Later, produced by Folimage with ARTE and the support of the Rhône-Alpes region. The films were premiered in the UK at the Private View on 2 July 2015.

The exhibition opening

Camera Obscura

A film by Izù Troin, 2014