Camouflage art by Laurent La Gamba

Laurent La Gamba (b. 1967) is an artist, photographer, and video artist interested in pro-crypsis (camouflage) La Gamba’s projects span a variety of in situ installations, performances and photographic installations to look at Procrypsis in relationship to the world of urban space and technology. His work aims at creating a kind of urban camouflage (“homochromie”in French) that mimics what is naturally found in nature with Procrypsis, using painting, photography and video as a tool. This background explains the term for his work: Pro-cryptic Photography.

La Gamba's work is based on this utilization of the urban space as a reflection on the self and explores through identification processes the chromatic response of the human body to the urban environment. He is known for his public supermarket camouflage photographs (Pet food, 2002) and for his peculiar use of consumer appliance objects extracted from their original environment and camouflaged into a natural setting (Open fridge, 2002). He carried out several works-in-progress based on audiovisual performances conducted under the action of camera circling (Full open fridges, 2003).

Previously, La Gamba studied literature at the Sorbonne/Paris, specializing in the clinical aspects of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s work. He began his work with photo-realistic self-portraits (One hundred Self-portraits, 1999). He received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and since 2002 holds an artist-in-residence position at the La Napoule Art Foundation.


"Cash Registers" - 2002
homochromie (pro-cryptic installations in a supermarket series)
acrylic on protective suit
color photograph - 80 x 120 cm


"Open fridge (outdoor)" - 2002
homochromie (pro-cryptic installations Appliances series)
acrylic on protective suit
color photograph
75 x 50 cm


"Croissants, 1,70 euros" - 2002
homochromie (pro-cryptic installations in a supermarket series)
acrylic on protective suit
color photograph - 60 x 160 cm


"Open washing-machines" - 2002
homochromie (pro-cryptic installations Appliances series)
acrylic on protective suit
color photograph - 90 x 160 cm


"Andreas and his yellow plane" - 2002
homochromie acrylic on protective suit
color photograph - 100 x 175 cm


"Open cookers" - 2002
homochromie (pro-cryptic installations Appliances series)
acrylic on protective suit
color photograph - 120 x 80 cm

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