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SMITH | DÉSIDÉRATION (ANAMANDA SÎN)

SMITH | DÉSIDÉRATION (ANAMANDA SÎN)

Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles

SMITH

Juillet - Septembre 2021

Exploring the porous nature of artistic and scientific practice, philosophy and speculative narratives, Desideration offers another space mythology, imagining an interstellar human race searching for a new alliance with its native cosmos. Playing on its troubled etymology, oscillating between a regret for the lost stars (de-sideris) and a desire for their return, desideration is both a diagnosis of and a remedy for contemporary disaster, for late capitalism and the chilling anthropocene. Our civilization seems to have lost some fundamental part of its daily relationship to the starry sky. This simple fact, which shines a light on the material and spiritual destruction of our societies, requires a new configuration of the imagination, a dream zone where new mythologies peopled by hybrid figures come together to make a new pact with the cosmos. Thus, in the terrestrial figure of Anamanda Sîn, we find a new sensibility, one in which meteorites link past and future, earth and sky, art and science, non-human and human, melancholy and desire.

KAREN KNORR | MASCULINITÉS

KAREN KNORR | MASCULINITÉS

Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles

Karen Knorr

Juillet - Septembre 2021

Through the medium of film and photography, this major exhibition considers how masculinity has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day. Examining depictions of masculinity from behind the lens, the exhibition brings together the work of over 50 international artists, photographers and filmmakers including Laurie Anderson, Sunil Gupta, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien and Catherine Opie. In the wake of #MeToo, the image of masculinity has come into sharper focus, with ideas of toxic and fragile masculinity permeating today’s society. This exhibition charts the often complex and sometimes contradictory representations of masculinities, and how they have developed and evolved over time. Touching on themes including power, patriarchy, queer identity, racial politics, female perceptions of men, hypermasculine stereotypes, tenderness and the family, the exhibition examines the critical role photography and film have played in the way masculinities are imagined and understood in contemporary culture.

DIANA MARKOSIAN | SANTA BARBARA 

DIANA MARKOSIAN | SANTA BARBARA 

SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA

Diana Markosian

Juillet - Novembre 2021

Diana Markosian’s Santa Barbara explores the nature of family and the American dream. Through a series of staged photographs and a narrative video, the artist reconsiders her family history from her mother’s perspective, relating to her for the first time as a woman rather than a parent, and coming to terms with the profound sacrifices her mother made to become an American.

Markosian (born 1989, Moscow) collaborated on this project with a scriptwriter from the 1980s American soap opera Santa Barbara (which her family had watched in Russia), a casting director, and a group of actors. Weaving together imagery of the artist’s childhood homes in Moscow and Santa Barbara, the work reconstructs the Markosians’ final days in post-Soviet Russia and their arrival in the U. S. The result is a deeply personal reimagining of her past and a powerful examination of the interplay between the idealized vision of California life and the reality of the immigrant experience.

EDOUARD WOLTON | L’ART DANS LES CHAPELLES

EDOUARD WOLTON | L’ART DANS LES CHAPELLES

Pays de Pontivy, Morbihan

Edouard Wolton

Juillet - Septembre 2021

Every summer, L’art dans les chapelles presents works by french artists and internationals. The exhibitions are settled in chapels all around the city of Pontivy. Artists are invited to create works interacting with the architecture of those historical places and their landscapes

 

ETHAN MURROW |  GREENHOUSE

ETHAN MURROW | GREENHOUSE

Cahoon Museum of American Art, USA

Ethan Murrow

Juillet - Septembre 2021

Ethan Murrow’s latest installation is a panoramic wall drawing inspired by old growth forests that once existed on Cape Cod. The primary subject of The Greenhouse is a massive felled oak tree, a cautionary reference to the effects of colonization and development on the Cape’s natural environment. In a testament to nature’s resilience and regeneration, the dead tree plays host to sprouts of new growth. A treehouse, with windows looking out onto a vast green landscape, creates a potential vision of a hopeful future. The installation encourages discussion, and optimism, about how human beings can preserve and restore natural habitats and coexist in balance with nature. Murrow works with a team of artists using high flow acrylic paint and refillable pens to draw directly onto the gallery walls, and the piece will extend over 75 feet. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists at work during the installation in the beginning of June. Additional new graphite drawings by Murrow will also be on view.

KATRIEN DE BLAUWER | ICONOBELGE III

KATRIEN DE BLAUWER | ICONOBELGE III

AntwerpPhoto Festival

Katrien De Blauwer

Juin - Septembre 2021

With every new edition of the Iconobelge exhibition, AntwerpPhoto presents a new take on the landscape of Belgian photography. Get up close and personal with the work of young budding talent and household names from Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia. Because in this third edition fascinating portrait photos are the central theme.
THOMAS LEVY-LASNE | LES APPARENCES

THOMAS LEVY-LASNE | LES APPARENCES

À Cent Mètres du Centre du Monde, Perpignan

Thomas Lévy-Lasne,

Juin - Septembre 2021

A proposal by Thomas Lévy-Lasne

An exhibition associated with FILAF (International Festival of Art Book and Film) from June 21 to 27, 2021.

This exhibition is first of all an opportunity to materialize a situation: the extraordinary vitality of painting on the contemporary French scene. Non-exhaustive, I have chosen to present painters who keep the world of appearances as a reference. In a wide variety of themes, styles and ambitions, all of these painters question reality with this particular medium that plays with the visible with visible materials: pigments, surfaces, the sculptural side of the painting.

From a so-called abstract painter like Jean-Baptiste Bernardet or Claire Chesnier, yet interested in the luminous spectrum with a disturbing in-between as in Maude Maris or Eugène Leroy, from an iconographic figuration à la Eric Corne or Françoise Petrovitch to the mute realism of Mireille Blanc or Grégory Derenne, in a very assertive way like Eva Nielsen or Mathieu Cherkit to the erasure of the painter’s presence as with Damien Cadio or Katia Bourdarel, of the elegance of the efficient style of Gilles Aillaud or Jean-Philippe Delhomme to the fragile touch of Nathanëlle Herbelin or Jérémy Liron, the common inspiration remains the silent world which is ours, to paraphrase Francis Ponge.

A generation between 35 and 45 years old is particularly highlighted in the exhibition: it was discouraged in art school but these many artists persevered in their patient practice in the midst of an era of the avalanche of images. 100 million photos and videos are posted on Instagram per day. While there has been talk of the return of painting, she discovered older generations, there have always been painters and now a younger generation: the medium takes an exponential place in schools today.

With an assumed look towards the History of Art, a technical interest for the touch and the surface qualities, a certain coldness in the representation, the variety of the painters of the exhibition is reflected in their confidence in the medium that is the painting: this immemorial need to represent the unspeakable of appearances by the presence of a painting.

Thomas Lévy-Lasne

ANTOINE D’AGATA | VIRUS

ANTOINE D’AGATA | VIRUS

PORTRAIT(S), Le rendez-vous photographique de Vichy

Antoine d’Agata

Juin - Septembre 2021

Portrait(s) presents eleven exhibitions, held simultaneously in the city center and outdoors, in the open air: in the space of the Galleries of the Vichy Cultural Center, built at the beginning of the last century and on the Esplanade du Lac from Allier. This year, a new place joins the Portrait (s) exhibition spaces, the Hall des Sources, an emblematic place of the city.

Fusion and confusion. What are these bodies with blood red colors that embrace the images of Antoine d’Agata? These are our bodies, yours, the mi, inhabited by the virus or managed by its threat, the souls wandering the city or tied up on hospital beds, photographed in 2020 with a thermodynamic camera that records infrared radiation and which makes it possible to record the temperature of the living when death has risen. By transforming the viral episode we are going through into an experience of visual limits, the photographer offers a work of rare incandescence.

SMITH | À FLEUR DE MONDE

SMITH | À FLEUR DE MONDE

Centre Photographique, Rouen

SMITH

Mai - Septembre 2021

Group exhibition with works by Melanie Bonajo, Rudolf Bonvie, Pauline Hisbacq, Anouk Kruithof, Andras Ladocsi, Ann Mandelbaum, Adrian Paci, Baptiste Rabichon, SMITH, Stéphanie Solinas, Patrick Tosani, David de Tscharner.

A little over a year ago, we discovered each other, the term is now worn out, “confined”. We have since lived the paradox of a collective experience of isolation: each one at home, all in turmoil. Cordial handshakes and friendly hugs gone, the extent of our sensory spectrum suddenly shrank in unprecedented ways. Touch, the sense through which the sensitive world emerges, manifests itself in a double movement: the child who is about to touch will live the experience of proximity to the subject or to the desired object and that of the distance that separates from it.

How to make an image of touch? In a surface plate, wouldn’t the image be, against all odds, the most apt to encapsulate this paradoxical nature? The À Fleur de monde exhibition considers thirteen artists who have approached touch, embracing or touching it, through photography, video, and casting. They staged the sense by which we experience being-there-with: touch as a vehicle for learning about ourselves, about others, about our presence in the world.

KAREN KNORR | ISLAND LIFE : PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MARTIN PARR FOUNDATION

KAREN KNORR | ISLAND LIFE : PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MARTIN PARR FOUNDATION

Bristol Photo Festival

Karen Knorr

Mai - Octobre 2021

Island Life presents over 60 photographs from Martin Parr’s collection to provide a picture of life in post-war Britain.

Widely known for his documentary photography, Martin Parr is also an avid collector, curator and promoter of photography. Selected by Martin Parr and Bristol Museum, Island Life takes photographs from the major photography collection at the Martin Parr Foundation to show the changing fabric of our cities, society and identities. The exhibition features photographs that document moments of historical significance including the poll tax riot, the Aberfan mine disaster and most recently, the Black Lives Matter movement.

These are displayed alongside images depicting the everyday – weddings, shopping, football and Butlin’s holidays. Collectively the images form a compelling study of national behaviour. Photographers featured in Island Life include Khali Ackford, Pogus Caesar, Elaine Constantine, Sian Davey, Chris Killip, David Hurn, Ken Grant, Markéta Luskačová, Graham Smith, Tom Wood and more.

This exhibition is part of Bristol Photo Festival.

LAIA ABRIL | MENSTRUATION MYTHS

Bristol Photo Festival

Laia Abril

Mai - Octobre 2021

Bristol Photo Festival is a new biennial festival with a year-round programme of commissions, collaborations, and exhibitions by both local and international artists. The first edition encompasses a summer showcase of photography exhibitions across the city followed by a full autumn programme of festival exhibitions and events including a book fair, film programme, talks series and symposiums.

Laia Abril – Hoda Afshar – Widline Cadet – Adama Jalloh – Alba Zari is a collection of solo exhibitions by five of the most innovative photographers and photo-based artists working today. The exhibition is commissioned by the Royal Photographic Society and curated by Aaron Schuman, featuring in the Bristol Photo Festival.