“We have never been confronted by such images, which are so direct, so devoid of romanticism and yet so sensitive at the same time. Pin-Fat presents his work in gigantic albums, which refer more to the format of ‘real’ cinema than to documentary, emphasizing the fascinating aspect of his generous as well as disturbing approach.
Unceasingly seeking to repudiate the limits of direct representation to favour impressionism, questioning an unstable universe, his images are unclassifiable.”
Christian Caujolle (1998) - critic, lecturer, artistic director, author and curator
“.....Pin-Fat has lived as part of the worlds he depicts but his photography doesn’t avow familiar aesthetic codes of proximity. They are far too visceral to intimate any degree of distance that would be claimed by the mere fact of observation. Instead, Pin-Fat’s photographs function as objects to be held – perhaps as momento mori – rather than coolly interpreted. And here we can contemplate the extremes of existence, the edges of our otherwise mundane realities, and a journey to physical and perceptual limits that has its literary corollary in the works of, say, Pierre Guyotat or Jean Genet. The American author Gary Indiana wrote that the prose of the former enacts ‘…a continual demolition of structural elements and distinctions between “I” and others, self and things…’ but conceded ‘All writing is approximate, all language a substitution; Guyotat’s is less distant from it describes than what readers are conditioned to digest’.
It remains an open question how any artist can truly arrest us without becoming lost to the aesthetic but Pin-Fat comes very close to creating fissures in the screen between the world, how we experience it, and how it can represented back to us.”
Brian Curtin (2014) - critic, lecturer, author and curator
Olivier Pin-Fat // born in december 1969, Britain // represented by L’Agence|Galerie VU in Paris 1998-2008 // co-founded ‘AM projects’ in 2011 // works solely in analogue and lives in Italy.