At the beginning of 2022, my friend Jacques Lafont, founder of the Nîmes gallery “le lac gele” decided to retire. He closes his gallery in Nîmes and kindly offers me the name, which I have always found infinitely poetic. From now on, my ephemeral gallery will be called “le lac gele” (the frozen lake).
In the summer of 2021, following the closure of Voies Off, which had always been my gallery, and after the confinements linked to Covid, I felt the need to open my house during the Rencontres d'Arles Festival. I staged the “Island of the Gods” there, a project that I had never exhibited in Arles. I took a liking to the exercise and decided to carry on hosting exhibitions. Since then, for some special events, my house becomes an Ephemeral Gallery. I like to invite artists and organise the exhibition of their work with them. It is also sometimes an opportunity to show my own work.
It was while settling in Arles that I discovered photography and became an artist. I have been living in a sixteenth-century house in the Hauture district for a long time now, just a few steps from the Arena, and have hosted many artist and photographer friends, as if this place was already intended to show images.