The first step in wisdom is to know the things themselves; this notion consists in having a true idea of the objects; objects are distinguished and known by classifying them methodically and giving them appropiate names. Therefore, classification and name-giving will be the foundation of our science.
Carl Linnaeus, 1735 Systema Naturae
If the city is the place to realize images, there is no will to document nor exists the intention to carry a critical look on urban space.
André Cepeda often speaks about the city like a person or like an experience lived: as he confirms, for him it concerns materialising his feelings and to ask by means of photography the very same questions that he himself asks about life.
He photographs that which oppresses him and which makes his heart feel cold: the lack of nature, mechanical behaviour, chaos, that which pushes him back, but also that which he wants to achieve.
He plays with space, he extracts, frames and tries to re-appropriate the reality by structuring the chaos.
His subjects are all those things given to the city and then forgotten, they are his furtive meetings, his crossings more visual than physical. The photographs are in colour, in large format, going from the urban landscape to medical tables through to the portrait. This is a work without repetitions, and each image speaks about apparently different things. One would have understood, André Cepeda photographs all the subjects that one finds in a city, but always with the aim to preserve in the images (and in the juxtaposition of the images) a mysterious part. He does not want to tell us everything, but rather wishes to disturb somewhat our practice of seeing and conceiving photography in order to give the opportunity to our imagination to go into action.
Jean - Louis Godefroid