HYPER is an exhibition of 15 color photographs by French photographer Denis Darzacq. HYPER refers to the new garish supermarkets in Paris and Rouen where consumer goods, brightly packaged and presented, make for a vivid and contemporary backdrop for his pictures. Darzacq brings street dancers, mostly young men and women in their late teens and early twenties into these stores and asks them to perform their leaps, jumps, twirls, and other gravity-defying movements. The photographs explore the tension between being and having, between the human body and the the capitalist landscapes that these bodies navigate. They offer a fresh, witty and intensely colorful commentary on global consumerism and freedom of spirit.
Denis Darzacq’s photographs, taken in fractions of a second and not digitally mainpulated, sit comfortably at the edge of traditional stop-action photography.