18th September - 18th December, Thessaloniki
Jean-Marc Rochette lives and works in the south of France, Berlin and Paris. After a career as a comics author since 1976 and many publications in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, the book Transperceneige by Lob and Rochette, published in 1983, is the subject of a movie by Bong Joon-Ho, the Korean director of The Host, Memories of Murder, and Mother. The shooting is planned for late 2011 and it will be released in 2012. Illustrator of the great classics of literature, The Odyssey, Voltaire's Candide, Pinocchio, etc., Jean-Marc Rochette has devoted twenty years of research on landscape. His latest paintings are shown in the exhibition Jean-Marc Rochette-The Privilege of Verticality at the Museum Geo-Charles, Echirolles (France, 2011).
Illustrating the Odyssey is a huge challenge; the book is so famous that everyone has their own vision, so how can one revisit such a monument? For my part I tried to find a fresh look in order to approach the myth with a lighter touch and forget the clichés, to reach the simplicity and the strength of the archaic period. I traveled to the island of Ithaca trying to feel the landscapes of Ulysses and watch this world that does not change. Indeed, if the people disappear, the rocks and myths remain. The sketch book presented in the Thessaloniki Biennale is the first essay of this adventure; I plunged into the myth with the desire to have a swim in the source of our culture.
Jean Marc Rochette