ME. Here Now.

by Corinne Vionnet

ME. Here Now explores collective memory and how our relationships to space define our perceptions of ourselves and our environment.

The advent of smartphones has conditioned new reflexes and created a new, unsettling gestural vocabulary that evokes a near-mystical posture. A direct reference to the work of Abraham Moles on the philosophy of centrality, ME. Here Now captures the specific moment when tourists take, with their smartphones, near-identical pictures of what is, paradoxically and for them, a unique experience. Beyond the ritual of holiday pictures, these images — often instantly shared — create a new language, as with the certificate of presences by Roland Barthes or with the photograph-trophies by Susan Sontag.

Vionnet's portraits of these nameless individuals, half-concealed behind smartphone screens, also underscore the omnipresence of surveillance in public areas and remind us that all of our wanderings may be photographed. 

Artist Biography

Corinne Vionnet is a visual artist based in Vevey, Switzerland who is a pioneer in the exploration and repurposing of web-based imagery. Her work is included in collections such as SF MOMA, Musée de l’Elysée, and more. Her work has also been exhibited throughout the world and reviewed in numerous publications including Artforum, Hyperallergic, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and the British Journal of Photography. For more information, visit www.corinnevionnet.com.

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The advent of smartphones has conditioned new reflexes and created a new, unsettling gestural vocabulary that evokes a near-mystical posture. A direct reference to the work of Abraham Moles on the philosophy of centrality, ME. Here Now captures the specific moment when tourists take, with their smartphones, near-identical pictures of what is paradoxically a unique experience for them. Beyond the ritual of holiday pictures, these images—often instantly shared—create a new language, as with the certificate of presences by Roland Barthes or with the photograph-trophies by Susan Sontag. Vionnet's portraits of these nameless individuals, half-concealed behind smartphone screens, also underscore the omnipresence of surveillance in public areas and remind us that all of our wanderings may be photographed. 

Released 2017
20 Images
56 Pages plus 4 Cover Pages
Softcover with Singer Binding
11.8" x 9.4"
Limited Edition of 250
Essay by Marvin Heiferman
ISBN 978-0-9986490-0-9