Photographer, graphic artist and sign-writer: Pascal Colrat is three men in one. He chose very early in his career to concentrate on posters, where multiple images reach a wide audience via diverse media. In May 2002, he exhibited a major series of diptychs in the Centre Georges Pompidou, « Signs in Belorussia ». The theme reflected his work about the country, and his denunciation of the drama that followed the Chernobyl disaster in a strongly post-communist climate. Other themes include slavery, India and the violence of the Los Angeles gangs. He is now represented by the Talmart gallery.
I remember my grandfather’s fobwatch. I used to love opening it and looking at the mechanism. That’s actually the best thing about that kind of watch. I found a blurred number on it. My grandfather worked in the mines, and on the roads in the south. One day he was hit right in the chest by a sharp fragment of rock which would have gone straight into his heart if he hadn’t been wearing his watch under his waistcoat. So for me as a young child, this watch was always a wondrous object. It had saved a man’s life.
I have something of an arms-length relationship with time.I stay in my own little bubble, and my studio is quite cut off from the world. I’ve created a sort of permanent jet-lag by having several clocks on the walls all set to different times.
One day, we’ll realise that the mobile phone is just for making calls with.