In the Vicinity of Narrative
Exhibition: 18 Feb – 27 May 2018
Sat 17 Feb 18:00
MBAL Musée des beaux-arts
2400 Le Locle
Todd Hido – In the vicinity of narrative
MBAL presents the first exhibition in Switzerland on one of the most admired and influential American photographers of his generation, Todd Hido (1968). In the Vicinity of Narrative reveals an eminently cinematic work, with images as magnetic as they are strange. From houses seen from the outside, abandoned interiors, blurred landscapes taken from the windshield of his car, female characters photographed in motels rooms, Hido's photographs are like stills from films that the viewer must imagine, or scenarios that someone like David Lynch might develop. In Hido's work, there is always a muted worry, a feeling of vacuity, and a form of melancholy without object. Passionate about photobooks, this artist has published more than a dozen books to date. The exhibition unites a number of distinct series in a brand new exhibition, while unveiling the working methods of the photographer, creating at MBAL a new narrative with his images.
The exhibition is made in collaboration with Alex Daniels Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam, and accompanied by a monograph published in 2016 by Textuel (French edition) and Aperture (American edition)