by Maitetxu Etcheverria
Maitetxu Etcheverria (b.1975) is a French photographer and graduate of the National Photogaphy School, 2001. Her work captures fictional constructions that generate and shelter the imagination. This includes the cinema, television and theater as well as our immediate environment, which all provide her with infinite material and a profusion of artificial worlds that are "truer than nature" albeit nourished by archetypes. As witnesses and mirrors of the world, they play the role of revelators of our collective culture. The photographer's way of seeing offers us a panoramic view of a simulated and hyperrealistic "fabricated possibility." Maitetxu's photographs set up an endless play of "images of images" that confuse our ability to define that which is proposed to our view, highlighting the ambiguity as much of the subject as its representation.
This first studio experience took place on the premises of the Fémis, the School of Image and Sound Professions (l’Ecole des Métiers de l’Image et du Son) in Paris. The photographs are of decors created by set design students for the school’s short film graduation projects. This work gave rise to the publication of a monograph, Décors, published by Belleza Infinita Editions, in 2004.