Founded in 2013 by independent curators and designers Anna Planas and Pierre Hourquet, Temple ran at first as an experimental gallery space in Paris, presenting a new generation of French and international artists.
Temple is now a studio focused on curating exhibitions and designing books related to photography and mixed media, collaborating with a variety of international institutions and artists.
Recent projects include the exhibitions "The Hobbyist" at Fotomuseum Winterthur (2017) ; "Blank Paper, Stories of the Immediate Present" at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2017, the exhibition catalogue "Magnum Analog Recovery" (Le Bal, 2017) or the book, "Provoke" (Steidl, 2016).
Curated by Pierre Hourquet, Anna Planas & Thomas Seelig
What happens when photographers and artists incorporate hobbies into their work as a way to challenge artistic practices and hierarchies? How do hobbyists describe their passion photographically, not least today in an era of digital communication and online blogs? The Hobbyist is the first major exhibition to focus on the relationship between photography and hobby culture: photography of hobbies as much as photography as a hobby practice. Designed in five chapters, the exhibition examines what a hobby might be in a context in which the notions of private and public spheres have shifted because of the impact of the Internet. From the avant-gardes to the hippie culture of the 1960s, the DIY craze of the 1980s and today’s “Makers Movement”, the exhibition considers various implications of both the hobby and the hobbyist.
With works of Kenneth Anger, Diane Arbus, Benedikt Bock, Mohamed Bourouissa, Chris Burden, Ricardo Cases, Bruce Davidson, David De Beyter, Jeremy Deller/Alan Kane, Glen Denny, Jeff Divine, Craig Fineman, Robert Frank, Fuzi, Alberto García-Alix, William Gedney, Kirill Golovchenko, Caro Goodden/Gordon Matta-Clark/Tina Girouard/Suzanne Harris/ Rachel Lew, Volker Heinze, Stephanie Kiwitt, Les Krims, Mike Mandel, Ari Marcopo ulos, Eva & Franco Mattes, Hana Miletić, Neozoon, Simone Nieweg, Jenny Odell, Bill Owens, Lotte Reimann, Alexander Remnev, Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone, Eckhard Schaar, Joachim Schmid, Oliver Sieber, Alec Soth and Xiaoxiao Xu.