PONARD Mathias




Mathias PONARD left the harbour of Sète for Tanger. There, he discovered the work of the humanist poet Abdellatif Laâbi. In his writings, he found the author constantly questioning the power of culture and its role as a tool for protesting and denouncing political inequalities. 

Parallel to this literary dimension, through encounters, he discovered the personal stories of men and women, former rebellious individuals who were imprisoned or exiled.

Captured on 16mm black and white film between Tanger and Gibraltar and processed by the photographer himself, this video aims to illustrate a poem by Abdellatif Laâbi, from the collection “Le Spleen de Casablanca”, published in 1996. Images and writings are intertwined and illustrate the themes he came across during his travels.

About the artist

Born in 1996, Mathias PONARD graduated at the École des Gobelins and is currently studying for a Master’s at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His work revolves around 16mm video and film photography. Writing also plays an important part in his practice. His aim is to create poetic narratives that blend images and texts.

Represented by Florence Moll – FMA le Bureau.