Yoann Cimier lives and works in Sidi Bou Saïd, in Tunisia. In 1995 he enters, the Etablissement Cinématographique et Photographique Des Armées (ECPA) in Paris, where he works as librarian for the Department of movies archives. In 1998, he trained in books and publishing-trade in Nantes, co-edited a literary review, as well as several literature and poetry works, published by Le Passeur, before to definitively going towards photography.
Living in Tunisia since 2007, Yoann Cimier works freelance for printed press, advertising, industry and in parallel, he develops personal photographic works, centered on humans and landscape. His aesthetic approach observes and measures interactions between man and the environment. His technique – which relies in part on mastering
chance – is that of a simple operator recording things in their natural state. By letting life, environment and chance fit in the device’s eyes, the photographer puts together different parts in situ, in order to decipher a society through the landscape that it occupies, transforms and shapes to its image. At the crossroad of documentary photography and plastic photography, the work of Yoann Cimier reveals a two-fold contemporary photography: the end of the document – which sublimates reality – and the outcome of the pictorial tradition that results in a painting.
Strolling on Tunisian beaches during summer, Yoann Cimier is fascinated by the ephemeral constructions created by Tunisians visiting the seaside. To him, it is not a trivial phenomenon : each constituent element of these short-lived camps is a revelation. Observing how the local population takes possession of the seaside for a day reflects the dynamics and diversity of Tunisian society. What concerns is the multiplicity and diversity of shapes made with an endless variety of recycled materials. An extraordinary plasticity that transforms a simple undisciplined recreational shelter object out with time, space and the established order. An in-between privileging the relationship with nature.