• Nicolas Descottes

    Cochin 16/16, 2011
    C Print
    80 x 90 cm
    Edition of 3
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Rothschild 2/4, 2010
    C Print
    43,5 x 50 cm / 110,5 x 130 cm
    Edition of 10
    Cortex Athletico
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    S2A 3/6, 2010
    C Print
    47,2 X 52,2 cm - 10,5 X 123 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    St-Louis 1/16, 2009-2010
    C Print
    43,5 x 48 cm / 110,5 x 123 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    St-Louis 7/16, 2009-2010
    C Print
    43,5 x 51 cm / 110,5 x 133 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    St-Louis 10/16, 2009-2010
    C Print
    43,5 x 53 cm / 110,5 / 136 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Vigo) 3/4, 2009
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Vigo) 4/4, 2009
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Cortex Athletico
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Verneuil en Halatte) 1/1, 2008
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Série sans titre (Terneuzen) 1/5, 2008
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Série sans titre (Terneuzen) 2/5, 2008
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Série sans titre (Antwerpen) 2/2, 2008
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Série sans titre (Worms) 1/5, 2008
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Woensdrescht) 1/3, 2007
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Revinge) 2/7, 2007
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Frac Alsace
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Cars 1/6, 2007
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    In the death car 4/6, 2007
    C Print
    50 x 55 cm / 100 x 110 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Chasse-Spleen 2/10, 2007
    Translucent C Print
    100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 3
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Chasse-Spleen 9/10, 2007
    Translucent C Print
    50 x 60 cm
    Edition of 3
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Rotterdam) 2/18, 2006
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Rotterdam) 6/18, 2006
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Rotterdam) 17/18, 2006
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 10
    Cortex Athletico
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    3199 LM MAASVLAKTE Series 1/14, 2005
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 13
    Frac Aquitaine
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    3199 LM MAASVLAKTE Series 9/14, 2005
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 13
    Frac Aquitaine
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    3199 LM MAASVLAKTE Series 3/14, 2005
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 13
    Frac Aquitaine
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    3199 LM MAASVLAKTE Series 11/14, 2005
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 13
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Burns 6/15, 2002
    C Print
    70 x 90 cm / 125 x 150 cm
    Edition of 8
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Scaffolding series 2/4, 2000-2003
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 13
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Odessa) 1/28, 2000-2001
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 13
    Cortex Athletico
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Odessa) 28/28, 2000-2001
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 13
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Syrjajeve) 1/9, 2000
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 107 x 136 cm
    Edition of 13
    Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations / Centre Pompidou
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Untitled series (Syrjajeve) 4/9, 2000
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 107 x 136 cm
    Edition of 13
    Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations / Centre Pompidou
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Mer d'Aral 6/10, 1999
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 80 x 120 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 13
    Nicolas Descottes
  • Nicolas Descottes

    Mer d'Aral 7/10, 1999
    C Print
    50 x 60 cm / 80 x 120 cm / 100 x 125 cm
    Edition of 13
    Nicolas Descottes

-

Biography

How fiction becomes reality


Since the late 90's, photographer and video maker Nicolas Descottes (born in 1968) has created a number of series of images where reality and fiction subly mingle. Whether they are from his first series (2000-2002) in which men seen from behind face the sea in Odessa, or Burns (2002) on the theme of burnt buildings or more recently in the night photos of a refinery near Rotterdam (2006) or a wine producing centre in the Medoc region (2007), reality seems truncated and inevitably calling for the imagination to complete it. The images of Nicolas Descottes suggest that indeed access to reality is limited and that recourse to fiction is necessary to understand it. The diverse explosions, lightings or fires and violent spraying metamorphosize the matter of the objects, giving them an almost pictorial aspect. Even if the photographs acknowledge the fact that these events have truly taken place, their number, their systematic character, their scope and the absence of consequences which emanate, all indicate that the events arise from a calculated fabrication, a materialization of the virtual.
Pursing this theme, Nicolas Descottes is currently concentrating on a more precise analysis of the semblance, the constructed and the used, in trial centers. In a second series of photographs started in 2007, taken throughout different centers in Europe (Reving and Skövde in Sweden, Woendrecht in Holland, Vernon in France?), the question of the transformation of matter is moved to a secondary level.
This is to benefit of the observation of the scenery and props which enable the simulaitons to be carried out. A massive helicopter with opaque windows, an old train blocked by a van an occasional dummy placed here and there in vehicles or on the ground, are all photogrpahed in a more static manner. The images are more objective and stark than in the previous series. The objects appear to be waiting for action.
In these latest photogrpahs, the realism of the engines, counterbalanced by the roughness of certain intentionally neglected details, arouses a feeling which combines ludicrousness and terror and provokes suspicion ? but is this about paranoia ? ? as to the real vocation of the simulation. The objects indeed appear to be big toys waiting to imitate war. Series within the series, some photos present strangely damaged cars fixed in an almost playful posture. The construction of our own fiction.



Translated into English from an article written in French by Vanessa Morisset.