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Jean-Robert Dantou

French. Born in 1980, living in Paris.

Both trained as a photographer at Louis Lumière school and as a social scientist at EHESS, Jean-Robert Dantou is investigating the connections between photography and social sciences for more than 10 years. As an concerned photographer, he explores social issues such as memory, mental health, or migrations - in the USA, Germany, Asia, Chile and of course France.

Involved in long term and/or collaborative projects, he hosted for 4 years sound and visual workshops for newly arrived students at the Jean Renoir secondary school in Bondy (Paris suburbs), and worked for 2 years residence with an interdisciplinary social scientists team at the École Normale Supérieure of Paris on the photographic representation of madness . In 2014, he joined the documentary, artistic and civic project « La France vue d’ici » (Mediapart et ImageSingulières) and lead a 3 years investigation on the « struggle territories » of contemporary France.

Sharing his time and works between french intitutional commissions and artist residencies, his work led to several exhibitions and number of publications on different subjects as contemporary China (« Ombres Chinoises », ed. Atlantica 2004), french cooperative sector (« Ceux qui aiment les lundis », ed. Le Chêne 2012), french small and middle-sized companies (« Mon entreprise prend la pose », ed. Democratic Books 2010), and mental health (« Les murs ne parlent pas », ed. Kehrer 2015).


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Portfolio

Portraits

Series

Struggling Lands (2017)

A cartography of the struggling lands across France. « Circle of silence », « Protest », « Night standing », « Festive snack », « Unlimited strike » … Everywhere in France, collective groups, associations, unions, citizens are gathering, protesting, taking a stand in the public space to tell their anger, their exasperation, their demands and display their fights. They occupy symbolic sites : in front of city halls, churches, courts and financial centers. Others prefer a different way : to build, outside cities, new models of working, living, consuming and creating. From the metropolitan struggles to the rural ones of the ZAD or independant collective groups, I...

Living together (2012)

For two years I collaborated with an interdiciplinary social sciences research team. The subject was the treatment of disabled and dependant persons in their social or family life. I met twenty of them, I asked them to speak about the social players who daily took care of them. These twenty meetings reveal situations that may be sometimes difficult but can be overcame thanks to relatives and skilled workers. These twenty photographies summerize the diversity of each situation that depends on the place of residence, the home, the specialised insitute, parametres that sometimes may interact. Variabilty can arise from the gender, the socio-professional category, the age, the type of...

A wall on the horizon (2010)

For four years I created workshops for pupils of a reception class at the ''Jean Renoir'' secondary school in Bondy.This project benefits from three sound creators (Anna Salzberg, Arnaud Forest, Jeanne Robet) and one photographer working together. It uses sounds and images in order to reveal narratives, portraits and sound ambiences carrying the universe of young newcomers. It highlights the way they look at the French society. This work has been exhibited in October 2007 at the ''Manufacture de Sèvres'' and in January 2008 at the ''Nef'' in Pantin through an art installation mixing different mediums such as video, photography and sound. It has been also showed several times in situ at...

Political landscapes - USA (2008)

This serie belongs to a work that I undertook for several years on the different symbolic places of the political life ( TV sets, headquarters of political parties, meeting halls). I highlight two things : firstly I photograph major places of current political life from a historical and documentary point of view, secondly I examine in a critical way the places where mediatised images are generated. Before this a work on the 2007 Fench presidential campaign was delivered in France by the Agence VU' and published weekly by the French newspaper ''Le Monde'' for seven weeks before the first round of the presidential election. I decided then to work in patnership with the Picturetank...

Stones of Memory (2007)

The Palestinan diaspora of Chile is one of largest in the world outside Middle-East. This communauty is composed of Christians Arabs who began to flee to Chile at the end of the 19th century when Palestine was still part of the Ottoman Empire. As they suffered from decrimintation, Christians Arabs migrated to the United States of America and South America. Waves of immigration followed one after the other troughout the 20th century depending on the historical events that happened in the area : World War One, funding of the state of Israel in 1948, Six-Day War in 1967, Yom Kippur War in 1973. The last wave of immigration dated from the First Intifada in 1987 and the Second Intifada in 2000....

Political landscapes - France (2007)

The French presidential campaign brings about a lot of electoral rallies where medias, candidates and campaigners meet and exchange. The candidates expose their programm, find a political line, integrate cathphrases and gestures that will be repeated throughout the whole campaign. During this short time they developp a public image that has been well thought out. Besides words and attitudes, places, dates and staging are politically significant : a gymnasium in Beauvais for far-left candidate Arlette Laguiller, the Paris ''Gymnase Jappy'' for ephemeral left candidate Jean-Pierre Chevènement, the Lilles convention center for centrist candidate François Bayrou. Each time a candidate meets...

Malabar Beach (2005)

This series has been shot on the beaches of Kerala, south India, between Kovalam and Kânyâkumârî in 2005.

Books

Les murs ne parlent pas

The trilogy The Walls Don’t Speak (Les murs ne parlent pas) is the result of a three-year dialog between the photographer Jean-Robert Dantou, and an interdisciplinary Social Sciences team coordinated by the anthropologist, Florence Weber. The photographer set up his studio in various institutions (psychiatric nursing homes, private clinics, psychiatric hospitals) as well as beyond their walls, working directly with patients, friends, family and caregivers on images which mean something to them. In the first section, the authors put into perspective representations of madness in the history of photography, and propose a series of objects and texts presented as windows into the daily lives of those described as mad. In the second section, they reflect on the boundaries of madness through a series of portraits in which patients and caregivers of a psychiatric nursing home are portrayed without distinction. The third section is an essay combining photography and writing to question the limits of what can be photographed inside a closed psychiatric unit.
Text by: Jean-Robert Dantou, Florence Weber, Christian Caujolle

Publisher: Kehrer (2015)
344 pages
Size: 17 x 23,5 cm  

Ceux qui aiment les lundis

Les Scop publient un livre de photos "Ceux qui aiment les lundis",
avec un texte de Christian Caujolle, commissaire indépendant, et une
préface de Claude Onesta, entraîneur de l'équipe de France de
Handball. En 40 portraits, toute la diversité et la modernité des Scop
est présentée. En 40 tableaux photographiques construits avec passion
et minutie par Jean-Robert Dantou, enrichis de légendes qui éclairent
chaque portrait de groupe, et d’un texte pour chacune des quarante
aventures humaines qui sont évoquées.
Text by: Christian Caujolle, Jean-Robert Dantou, Jean-Luc Gronner, Claude Onesta

Publisher: Le Chêne (2012)
120 pages
Size: 25,8 x 25,8 x 1,2 cm
ISBN :2812307382   

Mon entreprise prend la pose

Entre mars et octobre 2010, deux photographes, Jean-Robert Dantou et Stephan Zaubitzer, sillonnent la France pour photographier des entreprises. Leur choix : utiliser une chambre photographique grand format et faire poser l'ensemble des salariés sur leur lieu de travail. Le résultat est à la fois un voyage au sein de la diversité des entreprises, un travail documentaire sur un univers professionnel trop peu photographié et un hommage aux entrepreneurs qui ont créé ces communautaire. Ce projet photographique a été réalisé à l'occasion du 25e anniversaire de France Initiative, premier mouvement associatif de financement et d'accompagnement des créateurs d'entreprises. II s'accompagne d'une brève histoire de ces 27 entreprises.
Text by: Gabriel Bauret et Jean-Michel Mestres

Publisher: Democratic Books (2011)
121 pages
Size: 29 x 22,6 x 1,8 cm
ISBN :236104028X   

Ombres chinoises

« Ombres chinoises » est un livre de photographies en noir et blanc qui retrace une traversée de la Chine en train, de la côte orientale jusqu’aux extrémités désertiques de l’ouest-Chinois.
« Ces images donnent à voir et à sentir, plutôt qu’à comprendre : ces Chinois en mouvement toujours, en foule souvent, rarement seuls, hormis dans le sommeil. Rieurs, querelleurs parfois, et toujours curieux de l’étranger, toujours hospitaliers.
Cette histoire est celle d’un déchiffrage, celui d’une Chine traversée, entre cent trains et mille paysages : de la nuit, six ombres chinoises sont sorties, puis des ombres aux visages, des visages aux regards, se redessine, fragile, le souvenir d’une traversée sensible.
Voici ces Chinois et cette Chine tels que je les ai vus, au cours d’un périple de 15 000 kilomètres en train, de Pékin à Kashgar puis de Kashgar à Hong Kong. »
Text by: Jean-Robert Dantou

Publisher: Atlantica (2004)
40 pages
Size: 13,5 x 18,5 cm
ISBN :2843947472   

Exhibitions



The Walls Don\'t Speak (Merignac )
From 2016-04-16 to 2016-06-30

The trilogy The Walls Don’t Speak is the result of a three-year dialog between the photographer Jean-Robert Dantou, and an interdisciplinary Social Sciences team coordinated by the anthropologist, Florence Weber. The photographer set up his studio in various institutions (psychiatric nursing homes, private clinics, psychiatric hospitals) as well as beyond their walls, working directly with patients, friends, family and caregivers on images which mean something to them. In the first section, the authors put into perspective representations of madness in the history of photography, and...

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Objects and constraints (Saint-Paul Cedex)
From 2016-02-19 to 2016-08-19

A bent toothbrush, a pipe, a trashbag, an engagement ring, perfume bottles... Jean-Robert Dantou puts into perspective representations of madness in the history of photography, and propose a series of objects and texts presented as windows into the daily lives of thoses described more as than as human being. \"Objects and constraints\" is the result of a three-year dialog between the photographer Jean-Robert Dantou, and an interdisciplinary Social Sciences team coordinated by the anthropologist, Florence Weber.

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Stress Constraint Objects (Paris)
From 2014-11-13 to 2014-12-13


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