Their most recent work Wait and See (2010/13) explores the chromatic evolution of photosensitive paper they have collected over several years, dating from 1880 to the 1980s drawn from a catalogue of 350 papers. It places black and white photosensitive paper and light – two fundamentals of the discipline – at the centre of its process. In this return to basic techniques which echo the minimalist tendencies of photography’s pioneering artists, the elaborate hanging seeks to revive early photographic paper of various qualities by exposing it to the light present in the exhibition rooms. Through a subtle interplay with space, the chromatic transformation of the paper begins. According to its composition and the nature of its contact with light, the flat surfaces develop random colour patterns over time. To perceive the progressive saturation of the paper, the spectator is asked to be patient and to remain still for a few moments in order to observe a latent process, the meaning of which derives from the very act of being seen.
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