The Invisible Hand

Series of 8 digital images, fine art prints on dibond, variable dimensions, 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.

Many thanks to the photographs for their confidence and participation to this project.

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

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