Olivier Richon

Olivier Richon, photograph, 1988. Printed in three copies.

The Musée de Élysée in Lausanne has print no. 1 of 3 of this photograph, referenced under the title ” En répétant ils approfondissent leur sagesse. Ils empruntent sans rendre. ”  Inventory number: MEL-002094.

The kiosk in the photo is part of the Château d’Hauteville near Vevey. Naturalized monkeys juxtaposed with the Latin sign: “REPETITIONE SAPIENTIAM AUGENT” = “By repeating they deepen their wisdom”. And “They borrow without giving back”.

Olivier Richon was born in Lausanne in 1956. Lives and works in London.

He teaches photography at the Royal College of Art. Awarded a Camera Austria Award for contemporary photography, his work aims to reinterpret the genre of the still life through a reflection on the semiology of the object.

His work has been exhibited worldwide and is included in many public collections, including the V&A Museum, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto and the Brooklyn Museum.

A monograph of his photographic work was published by Steidl in 2006 under the title Real Allegories. He is represented in London by Ibid Projects.

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