2024.04.13 - 05.12

Thierry Ardouin ティエリー・アルドゥアン

Seed Stories

Presented by Van Cleef & Arpels
In collaboration with Atelier EXB

Curated by Nathalie Chapuis (Atelier EXB)
Scenography by Shinichiro Ogata (SIMPLICITY)

Co-founder of Tendance Floue collective, Thierry Ardouin works on the links between man and his environment. For this project, the French photographer worked on the infinitely small with a scientific equipment. His portraits of seeds reveal their fascinating formal diversity and beauty, drawing the history of these “great travellers”. Wild or cultivated from different species all over the world, most of these seeds come from the collections of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. Chosen, lit and framed with the greatest care, these portraits disturb our subjectivity as viewers: they become symbols which, far from being generic images, question our perceptions and our relationship to origin. From the emergence of agriculture more than 10,000 years ago to the questions raised by today’s hybrid seeds, via the discovery of the uses of seeds across cultures and eras, Seed Stories explores the challenges of diversity.

ASTERACEAE — <span class="u-italic400">Bidens frondosa</span> L.
Small-bur marigold
© Thierry Ardouin / Tendance Floue / MNHN

ASTERACEAE — Bidens frondosa L. Small-bur marigold © Thierry Ardouin / Tendance Floue / MNHN

SAPINDACEAE — <span class="u-italic400">Majidea zanguebarica</span> J. Kirk ex Oliv.
Mgambo black-pearl tree
© Thierry Ardouin / Tendance Floue / MNHN

SAPINDACEAE — Majidea zanguebarica J. Kirk ex Oliv. Mgambo black-pearl tree © Thierry Ardouin / Tendance Floue / MNHN

FABACEAE — <span class="u-italic400">Medicago arborea</span> L.  
Moon trefoil
© Thierry Ardouin / Tendance Floue / MNHN

FABACEAE — Medicago arborea L. Moon trefoil © Thierry Ardouin / Tendance Floue / MNHN

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