2008-2014 — Paris, France
About this serie
The photographic series « The Dogs » shows animals poised to attack, mouths open, eyes red, baring their fangs — an echo of contemporary human violence.
Tina Merandon brings to mind the work of Gilles Deleuze and his “Logic of Sensation” which evokes instinct and vital strength.
Suddenly struck by light, these dogs appear to be jumping out of the darkness. Their aggression provokes an emotional response in the viewer, stoking anxiety. The violence opens a door to primitive fears and nightmares lurking in our imagination. Our anxieties are revealed: the irrational childlike fear of the monster to more realistic daily fears of aggression. We are the frightened child, the scared adult, whose unconscious memory is haunted by the violence of our personal and collective history.
Tina Merandon lives in France. Through her work, she is researching the mechanisms of human interaction: dialogs and confrontations as subjects are very central to her research. Working very often in Paris’ northern suburbs, in the “93”, she questions and observes the human condition, the place of communities and the role of art in our society. Her themes are often linked to conflicts’ resolution. Close to her models, in a constant visual research, she works with colours and body language towards more and more abstract or graphic forms. Everything is linked to the body, the skin, the animal or human gestures through a protean production: photographic series, books and catalogs, installations or videos.
Tina Merandon’s work has been the subject of a lot of exhibitions and has integrated private and public collections. She was nominated and exhibited at the Kodak Prize for Photographic Criticism in 1998, winner of the 2003 Jeune Création Prize and Special Mention of the Roger Pic Prize for Scam in 2007.
Books and catalogs
“Circus” sponsoring Canson 1999 – “Syndromes” 2001- Diaphane “Escape” Editions 2009- “Vertigo” – 36 portraits of french political women and men Editions Diaphane – 2012 – “Anima” Catalog 2014 – « Boxing » Catalog 2016 – « Babel »catalog 2019