Faced with the flood, the abundance but also the disembodiment of images in the 21st century, Jean-Vincent Simonet (b. 1991) aspires to revive their aura and their physicality. With their hallucinatory colours, liquid shapes and shifting contours, the young Frenchman’s photographs are distinctly painterly: urbanity dissolves into phantasmagorical skies illuminated by the city’s lights, petals become liquid stains dripping onto each other, naked bodies resemble cyborgs or dolls with their supernatural shine and hues, while industrial machines are reduced to abstraction, a jumble of blurred and contrasting components. 

Jean-Vincent Simonet’s practice fuses analogue images, digital techniques, collage, montage, sculpure and paintings with remarkable fluidity. His work is permeated by a sense of overload, exuberance and entropy. Body and decor, nature and artifice, poses and emotions collide and merge into the poetics of excess that forms the basis of the artist’s research. He is based in Zurich and Paris where he juggles between commissioned photography, editorial and personal explorations.


Simonet has exhibited in some of the renown institutions and galleries such as Centre de la photographie Genève,  Fotomuseum Winterthur, Cabaret Voltaire Zürich, Villa Noailles Hyeres, FOAM Amsterdam, Webber Represent London, Fondazione Vico Magistretti Milan, Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle etc. His work could be found in various private and public collections such as Vontobel Art Collection, FOAM Amsterdam, LUMA or Swiss Post.