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Under house arrest 


Look at the limited edition 
(different cover + print)

Self-published edition of 500 copies 48 pages
29.9 cm x 23.1 cm (11,77 x 9,09 inches)
Offset printing, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-2-9534516-5-8

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Listed among the best photobooks of 2011 

- Under house arrest exhibition
at Bruce Silverstein gallery, NYC

- Reviewed by Gerry Badger
in The Photobook Review, published by Aperture

- Reviewed by Larissa Leclair
in Voices of Photography magazine, Taiwan
  

After Nothing but home (the house as a starting point) and desperate cars (the destiny of cars in the photographer's neighborhood), Sébastien Girard dedicates his third volume Under house arrest to the plight of plants. Entrapped behind gates and bars, these mute prisoners in our houses and gardens continue to follow nature’s call. Their wildness, which we try to tame, is revealed here in its full force. Entangled and injured by metal, they fight back and they display their irresistible desire to roam free.



Après Nothing but home (La maison comme point de départ), Desperate cars (litanie autour du destin de quelques voitures en milieu urbain), c'est à la condition des plantes que Sébastien Girard consacre le troisième volet de sa série. Contenues, comprimées derrière grilles et barreaux, détenues muettes de nos maisons et jardins, ces plantes prisonnières n'ont de cesse d'obéir à leur programme naturel. Leur sauvagerie, que tout cherche à contre-dire, apparaît ici dans sa plus puissante évidence. Après avoir subi le fer, elles l'épousent, le tordent et s'en extraient. Elles sont là, dans ce livre, c'est la nuit, comme un irrépressible désir d'évasion.



In all three of his books, Girard demonstrates the power of and a fascination with the forensic close-up. I use the term “forensic,” because he utilizes unremitting flash lighting to create the impassive look of a true documentary image, the aesthetic seen in crime or scientific photography, where the photograph is an evidential document of something that has happened. An experiment. A crime. A natural phenomenon… Indeed, the whole series demonstrates the expressive potential of moving in close. Sébastien Girard has taken great pains to signal that this is a coordinated series of books. Each is the same size and superbly printed, the designs are similar, although not absolutely identical, and a colored, diagonal pattern runs down each spine, a different color for each volume, as well as for both the ordinary and deluxe editions. Photobook lovers will want this series to grace their bookshelves, and these color-coded books will stand out on them, although the high quality of Girard’s work would surely ensure that in any case’ 
Gerry Badger, The Photobook Review, Issue 1, p.26