> Kristel Pairoux
Michel Kirch's research is always twofold: plastic and poetic. In each of his works these two characteristics coexist. "Old Jaffa's Dream" features abandoned Palestinian homes, showing nothing but the remains of a lost life.
And it is through this deconstruction that the photographer constructs his work.
A real construction, in fact, in the graphic beauty of the image, in the luminosity that it releases despite the apparent sadness of the subject, behind the artist's questioning. If one is struck by the subject, the abandonment, it is by an aesthetic which sublimates it. The deserted house intertwines with natural elements to create a disturbing ambiguity between the outside and the inside.
Tension sets in, both in the work and in the gaze.