Portrait / We looked, and if he is not the only one, we are not far from it: Jrmie Iordanoff, deputy for the 5th district of Isre, is a painter by profession. A profession very little represented among parliamentarians, more often lawyers or civil service executives. Meeting with this new ELV parliamentarian to talk about politics (a little) and arts (a lot).
Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux, a modern glazed office, which an experimental carpet tries to warm up, welcomes the brand new office of deputy Jrmie Iordanoff. This framework of Europe ecology the Greens is barely arising after intense months: presidential, negotiations for the advent of the Nupes, clear legislative campaign in the 5e constituency, enthronement of the National Assembly, first texts of law And here is the return to parliament.
The 39-year-old deputy, father of two children, is the only one of the 577 tenants of the Palais Bourbon to exercise the profession of artist. An extremely rare profession on the benches of the Assembly, at all times. We only found a certain Paul Loubradou, deputy of the Third Republic, survivor of 14-18, communist militant then angry with his party at the dawn of the Second World War. This gentleman has another point in common with Jrmie Iordanoff: trips to Latin America, Spain and Sweden, which have nourished their artistic practice.
The new Isrois deputy paints abstract canvases, in oil and watercolour, and also produces ink drawings. We submitted to between two doors our arts journalist: It’s good, graphically, chromatically. Very visual. Here is what is said. Coming from an Applied Arts high school, Jrmie Iordanoff follows a dotted path, between odd food jobs (harvesting, apricots, maize, masonry), burning check in mathematics, periods dedicated to painting and great travels. Living from his brushstroke was not obvious. Either it has to work right away, or you have to be really hooked. For me, it didn’t work right away. I was doing exhibitions, and I got on eBay; I started selling quite a bit, but not expensive. As it is necessary to live well, between two escapades, the painter works in the computer thanks to a successful training.
not everyone buys weird minimalist abstract painting
Returning from his wanderings, Jérmie Iordanoff does not really know what to do. Painting was too lonely. Politics had interested me for a long time, so I started studying law. A member of Europe Ecologie les Verts since the age of 20, he became more involved and led the campaign of Montpellier resident Jean-Louis Roumegas. He became his parliamentary attaché for 5 years. No painting possible with the schedule imposed by the policy. In 2017, Roumegas was not re-elected. I had the opportunity to continue in similar jobs in politics, I decided to stop everything, take over a studio and do some painting. I missed it. And now, two years later, he becomes deputy national secretary of ELV; at the same time, he moved to Grenoble and rented a shop window on rue Dominique-Villars. But in the midst of a health crisis, there is only the option of online sales for his paintings. Artsper, Artnet These are galleries, not direct sales. We are on a smaller, more knowledgeable audience. I think for what I’m doing, it works better. not everyone buys weird minimalist abstract painting
lu, the brushes remain in the drawer. And may not get out of it for the next five years. We’ll see, there may be a dissolution before! Yet everything is ready: I rented a new workshop before the legislative elections, in June. I have never set foot there. Already, I had not quite planned to win in any case, I had planned both hypotheses. I told myself that I would be able to organize myself, but in reality it is impossible. Too much work and back and forth between the Alps and the capital. Politics is a commitment. I think it’s a world that deserves to have “normal” people. But they don’t feel authorized to do so, and that’s a shame. As a result, we find ourselves with a very homogeneous political class, where everyone looks alike, they have studied law for ten years, are all lawyers or teachers There are not many young single women with children, for example. And again, 2022 was marked by the entry of new socio-professional categories into the Assembly: housekeeper Rachel Keke (LFI), delivery driver Jorys Bovet (RN), or in Isre Jrmie Iordanoff, the artist. People in the markets called me artist-painter, but you will never be read! There is a negative a priori about artists, they are not serious people who can manage public affairs. So we’ll see if I’m a serious MP or not!
Will the presence of a professional artist bring to the Chamber legislative texts relating to art and culture? I find it complicated to be both a cultural actor and a legislator, there is a conflict of interests. I think that the subjects on which we must move forward are the status of visual artists. But saying that, I feel like I’m preaching for my parish, it’s annoying We insist a little. It’s true that the plastic arts, we never talk about it. Artists are not organized. And the solutions are not obvious, it must be said. I think we need a statute inspired by that of intermittent workers for visual artists. That is to say that there are periods when we sell, periods when we do not sell. And when you’re not selling, you should still be able to survive, pay for your workshop, your electricity, everything. Aid exists, but it is difficult to ask for it, the amounts are low, discouraged.
In contemporary art, France has gone downhill. For me, it was a mistake to have restricted subsidized practices too much.
For the eco-deputy, it is the whole spirit of the cultural policy of the state that would be reviewed, in depth. Since the 80s, we have the impression that there is an official art, and an unofficial art. And that official art is a small part of the artistic field. French artists subsidized by France are very little known abroad, very little exposed, they do not sell on private markets. We finance sectors which are not recognized on the international scene, and which, in my opinion, in 20 or 30 years will not be recognized, including in France. In contemporary art, France has gone downhill. For me, it is a mistake to have restricted subsidized practices too much.. As for the sectors concerned, the deputy Iordanoff does not extend too much. In the visual arts, it’s a lot of installations, often sound stuff, with four kilometers of text… If the installation doesn’t fit on paper, we consider that it doesn’t work.
Another source of annoyance, all grants that are conditional on mediation. It is thought that art should have a social utility, but in fact it does not. It is very flattering to politicians, because it gives value to their action, they have the feeling that the money is being used well. But in fact, art is also people who do things in their corner, that no one ever sees.
More broadly, he questions the elitism that remains attached to culture in our country, in particular contemporary art. It feels like some people are allowed to think and reflect and give their opinion on art, and all the others don’t feel allowed to. I don’t know what it is, in other countries people are much less complex. It doesn’t matter that we don’t know anything about it, we have the right to have an opinion, because we feel, we see, we have references without even knowing it. Art is what is common in a society, it is shared references. You have to accept that the sensitive is something important, and that it does not always pass through an intellectualized understanding. Besides, if we had to understand everything, painting would no longer be useful