The Invisible Hand

Series of 8 digital images, fine art prints on dibond, 75 x 50 cm, 2020
Created from photographs and courtesy of NnoMan, Amaury Cornu, Benoît Durand, Anne Paq, Julien Pitinome, Kiran Ridley and Charly Triballeau.

The Invisible Hand transforms eight photographs that witness police violence by completely erasing the police officers from the image. By raising the question of censorship and pretending to submit to it, the image now shows only the people under assault, surrounded by a spectral void that no longer has a body or face. The term “invisible hand” is one of the historical concepts of liberalism, which postulates that the sum of individual market actions would spontaneously lead to the common good.

The project gave rise to a precise collaboration protocol between the artist and the photographers he solicited and whose images he diverted with their agreement. The Invisible Hand also gave rise to a catalog, reissued in 2023 by Empreintes Digitales (Nancy), with a text by art critic and curator Pau Waelder.

Above: Thierry Fournier, The Invisible Hand #2, 2020, from a photograph by Anne Paq during the feminist demonstration of March 7, 2020 in Paris.

Catalogue

The catalogue The invisible Hand features an original text by art critic Pau Waelder, the 8 images of the series and 3 of the original photographs. It is available in print format (40 pages color 170g, soft touch cover 350g, price 15 € + shipping, see Paypal below) or in free PDF, in French or English version.

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Thierry Fournier, The Invisible Hand #6, 2020, after a photograph by Kiran Ridley, demonstration of the Yellow Vests movement in Paris, 2018

Thierry Fournier, La Main Invisible #6

Thierry Fournier, The Invisible Hand #7, 2020, after a photograph by Kiran Ridley, demonstration of the Yellow Vests movement in Paris, 2018

Thierry Fournier, La Main Invisible #3

Thierry Fournier, La Main invisible #3, 2020, after a photograph by Amaury Cornu, demonstration of the Yellow Vests movement in Paris, 2019

Thierry Fournier, The Invisible Hand #8, 2020, after a photograph by Benoît Durand, demonstration of the Yellow Vests movement in Paris, 2019.

Thierry Fournier, La Main Invisible #1

Thierry Fournier, La Main invisible #1, 2020, after a photograph by Charly Triballeau, demonstration of the Yellow Vests movement, Rouen 2019

Thierry Fournier, La Main Invisible #5

Thierry Fournier, The Invisible Hand #5, 2020, after a photograph by Julien Pitinome, demonstrations in Lille, 2016

Thierry Fournier, La Main Invisible #4

Thierry Fournier, The Invisible Hand #4, 2020, after a photograph by NnoMan, demonstrations in Paris, 2019