Discover Schéma‘s alternative processes, where photography becomes painting & drawing becomes photography.
With Vassili Brault, the founder, we are talking about time to wander around, time for mistakes and readjustments, and the transfer of emotion happening between the hand and the object.
Instinct : How is the notion of “time” important in Schema’s bias ?
Vassili Brault : First of all because some of the techniques we use are extremely labor intensive. We are bound to time by the very nature of these processes. In order to do well you have to put a lot of work into it, fail then try again, give up then come back to it, until eventually you start understanding what is going on, until you start mastering one technique out of hundreds.
Second of all, and this one is more personal, because I believe the emotional load of an object finds its strength in the attention given to its production. I believe there is a transfer of emotion happening between the hand and the object. Losing the hand allows to save time of course, but it will most likely make you lose this emotional load as well.
I know this opinion is not shared by all but it is what we and our artists stand for.
Instinct : What know-how do you want to showcase as much in the work as in its support ?
Vassili Brault : I am not sure I can point at one thing in particular but we are surrounded by artists, artisans, framers, printers doing a remarkable job. We have been thinking the end result and the approach as a whole, everything is handmade by the order, here in Paris, with the care and attention to detail that makes every piece a noticable objet.
Instinct : What is Schéma’s artistic signature ? Will all the artists presented be in the same vein ?
Vassili Brault : Schema works on a collection basis with each collection acting as a conversation between the images, with its own topics and mediations.
Everything from the selection of images, the processes, the framing options is bound to each collection. From one collection to the next we can find already published artists or new ones, but it is a new conversation starting, with a new topic at stake.
Instinct : What values do you want to share ?
Vassili Brault : The idea of time I guess, time to wander around, time for mistakes and readjustments. I believe we are impregnated by everything, nothing should ever be thrown away. There is some sort of constant result requirement today, an ever growing sense of immediacy. It brings a lot of distress, especially for people that are not built this way, it becomes like an unattainable goal.
I believe it acts as a smoke screen too, a mad race allowing us to avoid what should be essential. We should accept that some things require a lifetime practice, like learning to remain curious, learning to remain alive.
Starting next week, 3 new artists will join the collection.