« A hero lies dormant in each one of us. »
Pierre-Elie de Pibrac produced a series of portraits derived from Real Life Super Heroes (RLSH). He arranges the subjects in a studied pose in the very places where they carry out their missions.
Pierre-Elie embeds certain RLSH portraits in raw materials such as bricks, stones and rusted materials, which reflect the image of the constructions in the areas where the super heroes operate. Each photo sculpture produced in this way is then showcased in a wooden shipping crate.
Pierre-Elie produces each RLSH as an effigy in figurines against a neutral backdrop. By placing the figurines – the perfect symbols of the super heroes – on a bed of polystyrene chips, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac seeks to immortalize them, as well as show up their fragile and rare nature.
They go out to help the homeless and assist the most down and out, combating violence and evil. The Real Life Super Heroes put on their costumes when carrying out their voluntary work on behalf of American society’s underprivileged. Pierre-Elie films them in their own environment, directing on them the glance of passers-by.
Pierre-Elie de Pibrac has compiled a beautiful book of super heroes enriched with contributions from comic book specialist Xavier Fournier, sociologist Eric Maigret and art critique Stéphan Lévy-Kuentz. The book also includes a previously unpublished comic by Mort Todds about RLSH..
The work includes, among others, the presentation of amazing plastic creations designed by Pierre-Elie de Pibrac using the different media from his documentary: photo sculptures, photo figurines and lighting installations.