Jean-Christophe BALLOT - Laurence RASTI - Clément HUYLENBROECK - Erika VANCOUVER - Julia FULLERTON-BATTEN
Other photographers related to love, other "love stories" shared with exhibition places in partnership.
DIVINES ET DIVAS
8 October 2016 - 20 March 2017
MUDO-MUSEE DE L'OISE
1 rue du musée à BEAUVAIS - Tél. : 03 44 10 40 50
from 11am to 6pm - closed on tuesday and public holiday
Opening on Saturday 8 October at 11.30am
Closed on 25 December and 1st January
Commissariat de l’exposition :
Claudine Cartier, conservateur général du patrimoine,
Sylvain Pinta, attaché de conservation du patrimoine au MUDO-Musée de l’Oise
L’exposition Divines et Divas explore un thème original grâce à la photographie, la peinture, la sculpture et le costume de scène.
Jean-Christophe Ballot, photographe, ancien pensionnaire de la Villa Médicis ponctue le parcours permanent du musée de ses photographies contemplatives autour des sculptures et des sites lapidaires. Il nous invite à une déambulation poétique autour de divinités statufiées par les plus grands artistes. Il en présente les détails, les reliefs, le grain et la texture pour exprimer la sensualité des corps. Ces « divines », Diane, Vénus, nymphes et Niobides se retrouvent dans l’exposition temporaire et en constituent le fil conducteur.
Au XIXème siècle, ces destins fascinent et se retrouvent à l’opéra où la Diva, cantatrice illustre, en est l’incarnation charnelle. Celle-ci est alors élevée au rang de quasi-divinité, femme fatale ou vestale éprise d’impossible, objet de tous les fantasmes à la fin du siècle. Les costumes, créés pour des prima donna célèbres, figurent et personnifient ces divinités au début du XXème siècle. Une oeuvre d’Ange Leccia consacrée à Maria Callas poursuit le mythe jusqu’à
aujourd’hui. Autre grand artiste contemporain, Vik Muniz, réinterprète ces mêmes thèmes à travers les stars du cinéma.
Les peintres, George Desvallières ou Emile-René Ménard, se sont eux aussi saisis de la mythologie pour faire apparaître les divinités antiques, séductrices ou séduites, aimantes ou cruelles. Diane, les nymphes, Leda, Nausicaa, Ariane et d’autres sont représentées au XIXème et au début du XXème siècle. Salomé, héroïne fugitive du Nouveau Testament, a connu un succès prodigieux au XIXème siècle dans tous les arts, inspirant peintres, poètes et romanciers. Elle est évoquée par la tapisserie due au carton de Pierre-Amédée Marcel-Béronneau.
Divines et Divas
In the exhibition “Divines et Divas”, Jean-Christophe Ballot takes us on a poetically constructed stroll through permanent museum collections of 19th century art works. Through his photographs of ancient and classical sculptures from major museum collections, a link is made with the paintings in the MUDO museum of l’Oise to bring out the sensuality of the feminine representation of seductresses or the anguish of abduction or wandering. Suspended time, captured by these contemplative photographs, is the essential constituent of the artist’s work.
Jean-Christophe Ballot truly loves statues and plays with the fundamentally sculptural light to bring out texture and matter, though he can also shroud them in the manner of Christo.
A government licensed architect, graduate of the national school of decorative arts and of FEMIS film school, Jean.Christophe Ballot divides his time between photography and documentary films. He lives and works in Paris.
10 October - 23 December 2016
16 rue de Paris at CLERMONT
Tél. : 09 83 56 34 41
from Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm
Opening on Friday 7 October et 8.30pm
Il n'y a pas d'homosexuels en Iran
On 24 September 2007 at the University of Columbia in New York, the former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said "In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country”. While some western countries now accept gay and lesbian marriage, in Iran, homosexuality remains punishable by the death sentence. This sanction prohibits homosexuals from fully expressing their sexuality. Their only option is either to choose trans-sexuality, a practice tolerated by the law but considered
pathological, or else to flee. Denizli, a small town in Turkey, is a stopping off point for hundreds of Iranian homosexual refugees. Here, they put their lives on hold in the hope of one day reaching a country where they can freely live out their sexuality.
In this context of uncertainty, where staying anonymous is the best form of protection, this work questions the fragile notions of identity and gender. It attempts to give back to these people a face that their country has, for the time being, stolen.
Born in Geneva in 1990, Laurence Rasti, Iranian through both parents, grew up in Switzerland. She is a graduate of the school of art in Lausanne, where she lives and works.
3 October - 14 November 2016
FACULTÉ DES ARTS
30 rue des Teinturiers at AMIENS
Phone : 03 22 22 43 43
during the opening time
Beauty queens live the affordable dream; in a slightly feverish show, with a few whitened smiles, they imagine themselves already there.
Before a crowd of excited onlookers, they contort their bodies like would-be choreographers. They display their hair, flesh, nails and naivety in front of an audience turned out in their Sunday best and tipsy on sparkling wine.
Their attempt is beautiful; for the duration of an insipid show copied from national beauty queen parades, they fantasise, imagining themselves the epitome of elegance. Driven on by this vision, they twist themselves a little more and cause trousers to swell.
At the end of the evening, the communal dream turns to heartbreak, painful disillusionment; the bulging eyes look elsewhere, the mouths will then water for another.
In 2013, Clément Huylenbroeck’s sister won the title of Miss Soignies Haute-Senne. From this happy event was born 'Communal Dream', a bitter vision of beauty contests, or at least of its worst versions. The project was published by Poetry Wanted editions, This is not a Map, 12 - Walonia.
Clément Huylenbroeck was born in Ottignies-Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium) in 1988. In 2010, he graduated from Le 75 school of arts of the image in Brussels, where he now lives and works.
3 November - 17 December 2016
101/119 rue JB Carpeaux à CREIL - Phone : (0)3 44 24 09 19
from Tuesday to Friday, 9am-12am / 2pm-6pm (5pm on Saturday)
Opening : Thursday 14 November at 6pm
"I was asked whether this face was mine.
I said that no, it was that of my almost twin sister.
As I child, I never looked at myself in mirrors.
I imagined myself as her.
By 2004, it had already been some time since our complicity had waned. I was starting my studies in fine art. Her eldest son was 18 months old and she had just given birth to twins. We were growing further apart.
I would visit her regularly, and whenever she acquiesced, I photographed her. A year older than me, she and I had grown up side by side, sharing the same bedroom, then the same class at school.
At the age of 17, I took some distance from her and from parental authority. Sylvie remained enclosed in this cocoon, away from the world, until she met her “saviour”, the father of her children.
In 2014, I delved into ten years of images of her life in parallel. It was through working on the book that my point of view took shape. And, in the studio, I photographed again some of these images, associating them with others, with my paintings, or with images of our childhood.
I remember. Sylvie always fascinated me, in her complexity and in our differences. With this work, I find her again, and I wonder about what she has become. A character that is split, between her realities as girl, woman, mother and sister, which are imposed sometimes painfully, and with the desire for others turning around. Far from the life she dreamt of".
Erika Vancouver was born in Verviers (Belgium) in 1974. In 2009, she graduated with a Masters in fine arts from the school for graphical research in Brussels, where she lives and works.
12 October - 31 December 2016
GALERIE DU CHEVALET
6 place Aristide Briand à NOYON - Phone : (0)3 44 93 28 20
Tuesday and Thursday, 2pm at 6pm,
Wesdneday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-12am / 2pm-6pm
Opening : Tuesday 11 October at 6.30pm
Mothers and Daughters
"In the series 'Mothers and Daughters', I portray the complex and sometimes challenging relationship between a mother and her daughter. It is both documentary and biographical, as it also illustrates memories of my and my two sisters' relationships with our mother, and even her relationship with her mother.
I chose to work with real mother and daughter pairs in their own environment, rather than with models or actors. I only needed to orchestrate the sitters moderately to show the essence of their emotional bond. We created their own small world together, at the same time, through the staging of the scene, reviving for me memories of my own family's relationships.
As the project grew in shape, form and content, and I related to twenty different mother and daughter pairs, with their very varied, sometimes ultra-sensitive relationships, I realised how much the fragility and vulnerability of females is exposed fully in the mother-daughter relationship.
Over passage of time the relationship changes significantly. The babe-in-arms is fully dependent on the mother, but at the other end of the age scale, the mother often becomes dependent on her daughter to satisfy her emotional needs. In the adult relationship the intimacy of the bond is established on the love, struggle and rivalry of a shared life-time, leading to a mature understanding and acceptance of each other. Between childhood and adulthood, the full spectrum of emotions is played out. My images try to capture all of these very different stages in this extremely special relationship".
Julia Fullerton-Batten (b. in 1070 at Bremen, Germany) lives in London. She studied at the Berkshire College of Art & Design in UK. Her works are collected by The National Portrait Gallery at London and The Musée de l’Élysée at Lausanne.