Dust: The Plates of the present is a collective photographic archive, created between 2013 and 2018 on the initiative of the French painter Thomas Fougeirol and the Hong Kong-born American artist/curator Jo-ey Tang. The latter invited 136 artists - visual artists, musicians, writers, graphic designers, video artists, of various nationalities, some in collaboration - to each produce a series of 8 photograms in an improvised darkroom, which they called DUST, in Ivry-sur-Seine. A large-scale collective building and producing a real-time archive, Dust: The Plates of the present pays homage to a disappearing form of image.
In 2019, Thomas Fougeirol and Jo-ey Tang donated the complete archive of Dust: The Plates of the present - 1031 photographs and a video - to the Musée national d'art moderne. This exceptional work is an important addition to the collection of the Musée national d'art moderne, where experimental photography plays an important role.