Mikael Lafontan is a French and Swedish artist born in 1968. He has been both living and working in Paris for the past 20 years. His work is present in both the Envie d’Art galleries in Paris and London.
Most of his work covers and explores northern landscapes: Scandinavia, Scotland, Canada or Island. Living in France but raised by a French father and a Swedish mother, Northern countries are to him a source of nostalgic inspiration. Distance generates hunger, desire. People of mixed origins are defined by their difference : Swedish in France, yet French in Sweden. Always on a quest for his lost homes.
And what better than photography to sate this need Photography is the art of nostalgia. Once done, it belongs to the past, it represents the lost moment. Here, nostalgia has a double meaning : the intrinsic specificity of photography, and the specificity of the artist’s approach to his origins.
Scandinavians have a very special link to nature. Their ecological conscience wasn’t born with recent studies on climate change, but deeply rooted in their essence. Climate and nature are rough in those countries. Throughout history, the necessity to survive in hostile environments has forged this specific approach of mixed respect, fear and superstitions.
Mikael’s work isn’t an ideological statement, but a search for this northern spirit within landscapes, totem shapes and matter. Old scandinavian tales and beliefs give life to all that constitutes nature and are inhabited by mysterious creatures.