Frédéric Gueguen aka LEQUARK

You never know where a little monster can appear from! Did you check under your bed? Or maybe he’s just chilling on the roof of your house. You can find yourself watching your a bit more hairy reflection in the pond you use to visit, or maybe the rumor from the trees above your head has a sinister pitch.

Fred Gueguen, a France based artist, created a parallel world, touchable as his little monsters seem to be. We have no idea of what that all means, but it’s just wonderful!

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Where are you from, Fred? In which place the idea came into your mind for the first time?

I think that for the first time, they appeared to me in a moment of loneliness, on a rock I used to visit in Brittany. You know that discomfort you perceive with the corner of the eye, that kind of furtive movement which becomes stronger on the twilight or in a warn morning. This is how it happened.

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Which is the process of putting those black creatures to the pictures you took around the world?

The process is quite simple… I started reviewing my old analogical pictures of my rare but long-lasting travels around the world and the evidence was overwhelming! Their subtile presence kidnapped me! I had to reveal them on my pictures.

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Moja-Moja is a Japanese onomatopoeia. Have you ever been to Japan? By the way why did you choose right this country to give a name to your hairy monsters?

In my mind they are the fundamental elements of the Nature. Japan can just be their point of origin, their homeland. I’ve traveled a bit everywhere around that island and honestly it’s a gorgeous civilization which succeeded in mixing the past and the future, putting them on a tangible layer. Japan is a perfect compound for Moja-Moja’s presence. The next step has been their expansion, which happened quite easily, also thanks to my collaboration with other photographers.

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And what does Lequark mean?

It’s my cat and my best confidant.

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Have you ever seen “Amélie”, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s movie? There is a gnome (a little statue) who travels from France to many different places around the planet! Is this the kind of thing that happens to your creations?

The gnome is a lonely creature. He wanders like a lost spirit through the world, maybe looking for a soulmate. While my Moja-Mojas are well organized and sociable (especially to each other). Their flock instinct push them toward the global expansion, far away from the life of a garden gnome! 

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So you said you make collaborations with other photographers. How does that work?

It’s with pleasure that I create my Moja-Moja, integrating them to my pictures. Then I publish them on the Net, with the aim to read spectators’ reactions. Sometimes it happens that I upload images on Deviant Art, offering to collaborate working on pictures I like most. Actually it’s not me, are my little monsters who just decide to occupy the pictures I look after. These intrusive collaborations help the Moja-Moja Myth!

Text by: Nina Sever