Friday, May 25, 2018, 4pm
Location: RAY 2018 Festival hub, MMK3, Domstraße 3, Frankfurt am Main
For admission fees please see the website of RAY 2018
The photographer Mathieu Asselin will talk about Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation. Through years of research and documenting through Vietnam and the United States, this project assembles an overwhelming portrait of the past and current practices of this giant chemical corporation. In order to construct his meticulous investigation, Mathieu Asselin exhumed and consulted hundreds of documents - press excerpts, judgments, archives, films, and testimonies - focusing on facts or dates that dramatically illustrate the ravages of all kinds which mark the company's long history of sprawling development.
Asselin will also focus on the book format and how it illuminates another facet of Monsanto's processes such as establishing its global grip through propaganda and communication. Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation was awarded
the Dummy Book Award Kassel 2016, and a special mention for the LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award 2016 at the Rencontres de la Photographie (Arles). At Paris Photo in 2017 it won the Aperture First Book Award. The project is shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Award 2018 and will be presented at RAY 2018.
The lecture will be in English.
Mathieu Asselin began his career working on film productions in Caracas,
Venezuela, but honed his documentary photography style in the United States. His work has been featured in Foam, Liberation, Paris Match, Huck Magazine, The New Yorker Photo Booth, and GEO Freitag, among others. His work has been exhibited at Les Rencontre d’Arles in France, as well as in other major cities such as New York City, Miami, Washington, DC, and Caracas. In 2014, he was selected for Plat(t)form at Fotomuseum Winterthur and as an Artist in Residence with Imagine Science Films. He currently lives and works in New York City and Arles, France. Mathieu Asselin holds a Master’s degree from ENSP – École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles in France. His book Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation won the First Photo Book Award at Paris Photo in 2017. He is a finalist for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2018. Mathieu Asselin is an exhibiting artist of RAY 2018.