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The Fall of the Roman Empire

This project, “In The Middle of Nowhere”, was born in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, in September 2014. My son Baptiste had come to me and said “Dad, a friend of mine just came back from a crazy art festival in the desert, Burning Man”. Curious, we researched it and discovered something strange and amazing. For my first time at Burning Man I stayed only 3 days, and I took...3000 pictures! My camera lens ended full of dust, but that probably added to the mystery of my images and the “sense of nowhere”.
In the middle of nowhere, under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, cycling on a lake that dried 30 million years ago, 70 000 people live in total autonomy for one week, no money is exchanged, and hundreds of art pieces, static or moving, under the heat, in a dust storm, are admired by visitors in very creative costumes...and burned by the end of the festival, “Ephemeral Art!” I seek to testify for the ephemeral, fleeting nature of these art pieces and unique moments made lasting by photography. Capturing the place, light, dusty wind that surrounds this eclectic gathering.
For this project I have selected about 30 images out of 3000, coached by my two friends Gino Castoriano and Jules Maeght, gallerists.
“In The Middle of Nowhere” is about people, places and art. Unique, ephemeral moments I captured through my images that I want to share with you through this project.

Arnaud Gaertner

represented by

Jules Maeght

The Jules Maeght Gallery is a contemporary art gallery who seeks to engage the San Francisco community by infusing European artists, young and established alike, into a diverse, multimedia dialogue. Amélie and Jules Maeght carry on the Maeght tradition of strong support for contemporary art for the first time in San Francisco. The gallery presents thoughtfully curated exhibitions, ranging from group shows based on conceptual similarities to more intimate shows that encourage artists to play off each other’s styles. The ...

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