Mustapha Azeroual
Born in 1979 in Tours, France. Lives and works in Paris, France
Mustapha Azeroual is an emerging photographer. A scientist by training, his photographic work is based on observation and experimentation – an approach that shares principles with his former vocation. Confronting traditional shooting and printing techniques with the contemporary challenges faced by photography, Azeroual’s works multiply the fields and dimensions of the medium. His series Résurgences (2010–2013), employs gum bichromate, a 19th century photographic printing process based on the light sensitivity of dichromates. The ambiguity of this technique, which borrows from the painter’s tool kit, allows for a different type of imaging. Its development process a eulogy of slowness in contrast to the ‘snapshot’ speed of shooting. His work has been shown at the Centre d’art contemporain de Meymac in France; and the Biennale des photographes du monde arabe contemporain (the biennale of photography of the arab world) in 2015–2016, which was coordinated by the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. He is currently developing a partnership with LESIA (L’Observatoire de Paris-Meudon solar observatory), and his first solo exhibition in the US is on show at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Seattle, the US this month.
Mustapha Azeroual, Alteration #2, 2011, Piezography on digital print, edition of 5, 110 x 128 cm / 43.31 x 50.39 in, Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery