Curatorial research residency – Lou Stoppard at the MEP

As part of its policy of supporting research, the MEP is pleased to welcome the British curator Lou Stoppard for a one-month curatorial research residency based on its collections, hosted in its Library.

From the 4th to 30th of April, 2022, Lou Stoppard will develop a research project on the link between Annie Ernaux’s writing and photography. She will use as her starting point Journal du Dehors and will examine the author’s writing through the prism of the history of street photography in France, drawing on the extensive collections of the MEP.

Part chronicle, part diary, Journal du Dehors is a seven-year chronicle of a life in the Paris suburbs as experienced by the author.

Lou Stoppard

Portrait of Lou Stoppard
© Nik Hartley

Lou Stoppard is a London-based writer and curator. She has written for The Financial Times, Aperture, The New York Times and The New Yorker. Between 2011 and 2017, Stoppard worked at the fashion and moving image website SHOWstudio, serving as the platform’s editor for a number of years. She has curated a variety of exhibitions including North: Fashioning Identity, an exploration of visual representations of the North of England, at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and Somerset House, London, and The Hoodie, at Het Nieuwe Institute, Rotterdam. Her recent books include a survey of the work of the British female street photographer Shirley Baker (Mack, 2019), and Pools, an exploration of swimming in photography, (Rizzoli, 2020).

Portrait of Lou Stoppard
© Nik Hartley

Collections

Curatorial research residency – Lou Stoppard at the MEP

The MEP collections span the history of international photography from the 1950s to the present. With 24,000 photographic works, 110 artists’ videos, 800 documentary and experimental films and 36,000 books and periodicals, together they reflect the full range of artistic approaches to the photographic medium, from reportage and fashion work, to contemporary practices.

Curatorial research residency – Lou Stoppard at the MEP

Opencall for MEP x SPBH Residency 2022

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie launches MEP x Self Publish, Be Happy Residency 2022, a new art residency focusing on the Self Publish, Be Happy Collection now housed in the MEP Library. With publications that comprise the best of emerging contemporary practice over the past ten years the collection consists of the best independent artists’ books, self published photobooks and dummies.

Libraries are not just a means to archive the past, they also are incredible sources of inspiration for future creation. In collaboration with Self Publish, Be Happy, the MEP invites five emerging talents from the fields of photography, video and/or graphic and visual arts to create a collaborative work based on this collection of nearly 3,000 books.

In the form of a 5-day workshop, from June 13th to 17th, 2022, in the library of the MEP, led by Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, the selected artists will work on the conception and realization of an experimental work, at the crossroads of photography, video and digital art, set to music by a young talent of the French electronic scene.

They will receive support from the MEP and Self Publish, Be Happy teams, as well as technical and logistical assistance.

At the end of the workshop, the final work will be integrated into the MEP’s collections and presented to the public as part of the institution’s cultural program.

Schedule

  • Opencall: from April 4th to May 1st, 2022 (11:59pm)
  • Results: May 12th 2022
  • Workshop: from June 13th to 17th, 2022

 

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Featured image : © Nicolas Haeni and Thomas Rousset – SPBH

The residency

The artists will receive:

  • transportation to and from Paris within Europe
  • accommodation in Paris during the workshop, for non-Parisian artists
  • a fixed fee of 1,200 euros (excluding VAT)

To participate, the artist must

  • Be a resident of a European country
  • Have a good command of English
  • Be under 40 yo at the deadline for application
  • Have already developed one or more creative projects in the field of photography, video and/or the graphic and visual arts, in whatever form (exhibition, publication, etc.)
  • Be available full time on the stated dates

Candidates’ files must contain

  • Completed online registration form
  • Detailed resume
  • A portfolio including several projects already completed
  • A brief note of intent presenting the reasons for participating in the call

The selection will be made by a jury composed of the directors and collaborators of the MEP and Self Publish, Be Happy. Applications will be judged on the quality of the portfolios, the artistic coherence, and the relevance of the motivations to participate in the project.

Jury

Simon Baker. Photo Emmanuel Bacquet © Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 2018

Simon Baker – Director of the MEP

Simon Baker has been Director of MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris) since May 2018. He was formerly Senior Curator for International Art (Photography) at the Tate Modern in London since 2009. Prior to this, he was Associate Professor of Art History at Nottingham University. He has published widely on both photography and art history, including the monograph George Condo: Painting Reconfigured (Thames and Hudson, 2015), often specializing in surrealism and its legacies in contemporary practice. Recent publications include texts for works on Coco Capitan, Julie Curtiss, Hassan Hajjaj, Mari Katayama, Mona Kuhn and Erwin Wurm.

Bruno Ceschel, the man behind the
books
© Self-Publish, Be Happy

Bruno Ceschel – Self Publish, Be Happy founder

Bruno Ceschel is the founder and director of Self Publish, Be Happy and a visiting lecturer at École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). He founded Self Publish, Be Happy in 2010. Ceschel gives lectures and workshops internationally, and also consults for leading companies interested in contemporary photography.

Self Publish, Be Happy was founded in London in 2010 to promote a new generation of photographers and self-publishers. Through its activities in publishing, education, and programming events it has helped to support and develop photography culture around the world. Self Publish, Be Happy has curated events at museums such as Tate Modern (Britain), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark), MoMA PS1 (United States) and the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), and partnered with institutions such as Aperture, Foam and Offprint Projects. It runs its own publishing house, SPBH Editions, and has published books by Carmen Winant, Lucas Blalock, Felicity Hammond, Lorenzo Vitturi and many others.

Library

With its 36,000 volumes, documentaries and periodicals – some extremely rare – and nearly 800 films , the MEP library is the largest collection of reference works devoted to photography in Europe.

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With its 36,000 volumes, documentaries and periodicals – some extremely rare – and nearly 800 films , the MEP library is the largest collection of reference works devoted to photography in Europe.

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Motoyuki Daifu and his “rhapsody of love” in the MEP Studio

Echoing the collective exhibition Love Songs, the MEP Studio, our gallery dedicated to emerging artists, welcomes Japanese artist Motoyuki Daifu. In his unvarnished series “Lovesody” (2008), the photographer tells his whirlwind relationship with a young single mother.

Born in Tokyo in 1985, Motoyuki Daifu lives and works in Kanagawa. He graduated from Tokyo Visual Arts College in 2007. At the age of 19, while still a student, he decided to devote himself to photography, documenting his family of seven people sharing a small, chaotic flat, in intensely personal, unstaged photographs. Since then, his daily life has become a continual source of inspiration for his work.

In 2014, Daifu was one of the finalists for the prestigious Prix Pictet and for the Nissan Art Award in 2017. Numerous books have been published on his work, including Lovesody (Little Big Man Books, 2012) and Project Family (Dashwood Books, 2013); his photographs are also reproduced in Hypermarché-novembre (The Gould Collection, 2018) which juxtaposes his images with poems by the French writer Michel Houellebecq.

In 2008, Motoyuki Daifu was 23 years old and fell in love at first sight with a single mother of a two-year-old boy, pregnant with her second child. Their relationship became the subject of a series of colour photographs full of joy and tenderness but also tinged with melancholy, coining the term lovesody, a portmanteau combining the words “love” and “rhapsody”, which for him encapsulated this intense and unexpected story.

Lovesody makes it possible for the viewer to feel the artist’s ambiguous position; his gaze shifts from a fervent lover to a complicit friend, a protective father, even a child seeking his mother’s attention. The photographer paints a moving and unvarnished portrait of their daily lives in a small, chaotic flat through intimate, unstaged photographs that seem a world away from our preconceived notions of the structured, minimalist Japanese home. All the while, Motoyuki Daifu invites us to discover beauty and grace in life’s inevitable disorder.

Featured image: “Lovesody”, 2008 – © Motoyuki Daifu

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« Lovesody », 2008 © Motoyuki Daifu

« Lovesody », 2008 © Motoyuki Daifu

« Lovesody », 2008 © Motoyuki Daifu

« Lovesody », 2008 © Motoyuki Daifu

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Love Songs, an exhibition about the intimacy of love in Spring 2022

Running from March 30th to August 21st of 2022, the group show Love Songs proposes a completely new vision of the history of photography through the prism of intimate relationships, like those between lovers. Bringing together 14 series by some of the most important photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, it comprises both masterpieces from the MEP collection and loaned works by important contemporary artists, many of which will be exhibited in Europe for the first time. As such, Love Songs will show both the importance of this subject to those working now as well as its rich history.

At the heart of the exhibition, and forming the twin points of departure for the history it proposes, are landmark series by Nobuyoshi Araki and Nan Goldin. These seminal works will be exhibited in relation to those produced by other major historic figures including Larry Clark. Emmet Gowin. René Groebli, Herve Guibert, Sally Mann and Alix Cléo Roubaud, as well as series by leading contemporary artists like JH Engström & Margot Wallard, Leigh Ledare, RongRong&inri, Collier Schorr, Hideka Tonomura and Lin Zhipeng (aka No 223).

Taking inspiration from Nan Goldin’s ‘Ballad’ (“The Ballad of Sexual Dependency”, 1986), Love Songs is conceived and organised like a musical compilation or mix tape offered to a lover, with Side A, the first half of the show, made up of series from 1950-1990 and Side B, the second half from 1980 to now.

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Lin Zhipeng (aka N°223), Lumière verte, 2010
Tirage jet d’encre pigmentaire
© N°223, courtesy in)(between gallery

Nobuyoshi Araki
De la série « Voyage sentimental », 1971
Tirage gélatino-argentique
Collection MEP, Paris. Don de la société Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. - © Nobuyoshi Araki, courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery

René Groebli
De la série « L’oeil de l’amour », 1952
Tirage gélatino-argentique
© René Groebli, courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in bed, New York City, 1986
De la série « The Ballad of Sexual Dependency »
Collection MEP, Paris - © Nan Goldin, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

RongRong&inri, 23rd November 2000, De la série « Personal letters », 2000
© RongRong&inri

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Pamela Tulizo in the MEP Studio

The MEP Studio, a space devoted to emerging artists, welcomes Pamela Tulizo, a young Congolese artist and the winner of the 2020 Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talent. In “Face to face”, the award’s theme, Pamela Tulizo focuses on the double identity of the women in Kivu’s region in DRC, who swing between victim-women in the media and hero-women full of hope and resilience.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1993, Pamela Tulizo grew up in Goma in the war-torn North Kivu province, where armed conflicts have led to alarming levels of violence against women. Working with the theme “Face to Face”, Pamela Tulizo opposes the negative, victimized image of Congolese women depicted in the international press with a hopeful representation that highlights their vitality and resilience.

In her series “Double Identity”, Pamela Tulizo presents thirteen portraits of a Congolese woman split between her identity and the role she is given by the media. Playing with mirrors and reflections, the artist composes a plural, dialectical perspective, using avatars whose roles are imbued with disparate connotations. In turna doctor or foreman, elegant and self-possessed or modestly dressed and laden with bundles, these mises- en-scène explore the richness and conflict of identity in African woman.

Trained as a journalist, Pamela Tulizo distancesherself here from documentary photography, using the codes of fashion photography to create a narrative that “has little to do with the beauty we see on television or in magazines,” she says, instead seeking “to reveal the inner beauty and power” of the women around her.

Pamela Tulizo, Double identité (Femmes de Kivu), 2019
© Pamela Tulizo

Pamela Tulizo, Double identité (Femmes de Kivu), 2019.

© Pamela Tulizo

Pamela Tulizo, Double identité (Femmes de Kivu), 2019.

© Pamela Tulizo

Pamela Tulizo, Double identité (Femmes de Kivu), 2019

© Pamela Tulizo

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The video-installation Swinguerra by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca in the MEP Studio

The MEP Studio, a space devoted to emerging artists, welcomes the video-installation Swinguerra realized by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca. Exhibited to great critical acclaim in the Brazilian Pavilion of the 2019 Venice Biennale, Swinguerra is presented for the first time in Paris.

At once seductive, powerful and challenging, Swinguerra marks a new level of international success for Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, in their ongoing analysis of the relationships between popular forms of music and dance, and questions of social and gender identity.

Working first with local singers and MCs, and subsequently dancers and choreographers in Recife, Brazil, where both artists have been based for many years, their joint practice speaks to urgent questions of inclusion, acceptance and most importantly the dignity and self-assurance of the subjects with whom they collaborate to produce their films.

Swinguerra, as the title suggests, proposes a kind of battle or dance-off between three groups of mostly non-binary dancers, within which the audience takes a central role, positioned physically between the two screens that make up the installation. Somewhere between documentation of real physical and creative skill and a incredible performance imagined purely for the camera, Swinguerra is both an interrogation and a celebration of charismatic personalities and creative energies that are too often considered marginal by mainstream culture.

Bringing together the life and rhythms of Brazilian street music and culture from the point of view of the LGBTQ+ and transgender communities, Swinguerra has been both controversial and critically successful in a country with a hardline conservative political elite that has sought to downplay questions of social inclusion. Swinguerra stands proudly for an alternative vision of Brazil – young, confident and brash – that refuses to be limited by over-determined categories of gender, race and class.

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Swinguerra, 2019

Courtesy of the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Sao Paulo / Rio de Janeiro.

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Swinguerra, 2019

Courtesy of the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Sao Paulo / Rio de Janeiro.

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Swinguerra, 2019

Courtesy of the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Sao Paulo/Rio de Janeiro.

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Swinguerra, 2019

Courtesy of the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Sao Paulo / Rio de Janeiro.

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Swinguerra, 2019

Courtesy of the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Sao Paulo / Rio de Janeiro.

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First retrospective dedicated to Samuel Fosso

The MEP is pleased to present the first major retrospective of French-Cameroonian photographer Samuel Fosso. This landmark exhibition spans his five-decade career, revisiting bodies of work that explore issues central to the contemporary art scene. Bringing together emblematic series, lesser-known works and never-before-seen photographs from his youth, the exhibition retraces a career that oscillates between personal introspection and collective narratives.

Born in 1962 in Cameroon, Samuel Fosso began as a photographer at a very young age, working in the studio tradition of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé. He became known for his self-portraits and photographic performances and gained international recognition when he participated in the first edition of the Rencontres de Bamako photography festival in 1994.

In 1997, he produced his iconic series “Tati”—playing the role of various archetypes, from the Liberated American Woman to the Golf Player and the Rocker. Humorous and biting, these images profoundly call into question the concepts of personal and social identity. The ability to enter into other lives, other journeys, is a common thread running through all of Samuel Fosso’s work, in which he explores the freedom to reinvent himself and create his own narrative.

Although the genre of autofiction, and more specifically self-portraiture, has been widely used by artists since the 1970s, Samuel Fosso gives this practice a new dimension, one that is all at once political and historical, fictional and intimate. Embodying key historical figures and social archetypes in front of the camera has become for him not only a way of existing in the world, but also a clear demonstration of the power of photography to construct myths.

Gathering together more than 200 images, including vintage prints from the 1970s, iconic colour and black-and-white series from the 1990s and 2000s including “Tati”and “African Spirits”, and such recent projects as “SIXSIXSIX”, an extensive series of large-format Polaroids, this exhibition provides the first comprehensive look at Samuel Fosso’s pioneering work.

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It will travel to several international locations, including Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, the Neatherlands and the Walther Collection in Neu-Ulm, Germany. On the occasion of the exhibition and in collaboration with the MEP, Steidl is publishing, the French version of the monograph Autoportrait, the first comprehensive survey of the Samuel Fosso’s work.

The exhibition is curated by Clothilde Morette in collaboration with Samuel Fosso and his gallerist, Jean-Marc Patras.

The artist dedicates this exhibition to the memory of Okwui Enwezor.

 

Patrons and partners

This exhibition is organised by the MEP with the support of the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, and with the invaluable assistance of the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac.

Samuel Fosso, Autoportrait Série « African Spirits », 2008

© Samuel Fosso - musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Samuel Fosso, Autoportrait Série « Black Pope », 2017

© Samuel Fosso courtesy Jean-Marc Patras / Paris

Samuel Fosso, Autoportrait « Emperor of Africa », 2013

© Samuel Fosso courtesy Jean-Marc Patras / Paris

Samuel Fosso, Autoportrait Série « Tati », La Femme américaine libérée des années 70, 1997

© Samuel Fosso courtesy Jean-Marc Patras / Paris

Samuel Fosso, Autoportrait Série « Tati », Le Golfeur, 1997

© Samuel Fosso courtesy Jean-Marc Patras / Paris

In the Studio

Alongside Samuel Fosso’s exhibition, the MEP Studio, our space dedicated to emerging artists, welcomes the video-installation Swinguerra by Barbará Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, in their ongoing analysis of the relationships between popular forms of music and dance, and questions of social and gender identity.

Opening on the 21st of January 2022, the Studio will host Pamela Tulizo series “Face to face”, in which she presents thirteen portraits of a Congolese woman split between her identity and the role she is given by the media.

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MEP Studio comes to Kyoto

The MEP presents the group show Women Artists from the MEP Studio at the 9th edition of KYOTOGRAPHIE International Festival, from September 18th to October 17th 2021. This is the second project in a long-term partnership between MEP and KYOTOGRAPHIE.

The exhibition which takes place at the dedicated gallery space of Hosoo in Kyoto has been specially designed for Kyotographie, as part of its “ECHO” season, with the support of Women in Motion, a Kering program that shines a light on the talent of women in the fields of arts and culture. Women Artists from the MEP STUDIO brings together the works of five young French women artists, selected by the MEP in order to reveal the current richness, diversity and originality of emerging french photography and lens-based practices, showing the very best new work exhibited in Paris at the crossroads of genres and disciplines. Marguerite Bornhauser, the duo Nina Cholet & Clothilde Matta, Adèle Gratacos de Volder and Manon Lanjouère embody a vibrant artistic scene in France whose practices and aesthetics are characterized by hybridity of the images and a new confidence about approaches to the photographic and filmic image. Using still and moving image, text and installation, these multi-faceted talents have in common a keen sense of narrative and a taste for blurring the lines between fictions and the realities from which they are drawn.

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Sans titre, "Moisson Rouge", 2018 © Marguerite Bornhauser

Sans titre, "Moisson Rouge", 2018 © Marguerite Bornhauser

Pétrification #1, "Demande à la poussière", 2017 © Manon Lanjouère

Au sud de nulle part, "Demande à la poussière", 2017 © Manon Lanjouère

Plan issu de Jamais indemnes, 2019 (18'43) © Adèle Gratacos

Plan issu de Jamais indemnes, 2019 (18'43) © Adèle Gratacos

I FEEL DIZZY, ELLES, Tanger, 2019 © Clothilde Matta & Nina Cholet

SHE LEFT THE HOTEL AT 7, ELLES, Tanger, 2019 © Clothilde Matta & Nina Cholet

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This exhibition benefits from the support of  Women In Motion, a caring program that shines a light on the talent of women in the fields of arts and culture.You will need a password to download the visuals. To obtain it, please contact us by email at the address above.

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Residency Open Call

The MEP – Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon Collection – Cité internationale des arts Residency is a new residency program for emerging artists, dedicated to African photography, created by Gervanne and Matthias Leridon in collaboration with the MEP and the Cité internationale des arts.

The purpose of this residency is to support young African artists and to highlight practices that explore new forms of photography. The aim is also to promote artists’ mobility to enable them to share their work and expand their artistic and professional networks.

With this program, the Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon and its partners commit themselves to support the laureate’s project by offering him/her a special support and a three-month residency in the heart of Paris.

Residency

The recipient will be granted:
– a three-month artistic residency, from January 3rd to March 28th, 2022, at the Cité internationale des arts, in a studio with a work-place and a furnished living-place (bedroom, shower, kitchen, wifi), located in the heart of Paris, and near the MEP;
– a specific artistic and professional accompaniment: access to the networks and documentary resources of the three partners.

Calendar

– Open Call: from October 15th to November 14th
– Results: November 30th
– Residency: from January 3rd to March 28th

 

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Organizers

The MEP

Located in the heart of Paris in the historic Marais district, the MEP is an institution dedicated to photography. Its programming reflects its openness to current practices and new aesthetics by presenting exhibitions of artists of international stature and its commitment to emerging creation. Supported by the City of Paris, the MEP also houses a vast collection of post-war photographs and one of the largest specialized libraries in Europe.

Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon

The Gervanne + Matthias Leridon Collection is at once a human adventure, a story of passion, encounters, aesthetic impulses and artistic choices. Gathering several thousands of works, this collection is a reference in the art world. Gervanne and Matthias Leridon are keen to share with audiences around the world the personal commitment they have with each of the artists from the African continent. The Leridon Collection now includes works by more than 300 contemporary artists from 34 African countries.

Cité internationale des arts

The Cité internationale des arts is an artist residency that brings together artists in the heart of Paris and allows them to implement a creative or research project in all disciplines.

From two months to a year, the Cité internationale des arts allows artists to work in an favourable environment for artistic creation, and to meet culture professionals. The team of the Cité internationale des arts provides residents with individual support.

 

In the Marais or in Montmartre, the live-in studios (spaces for living and creating) allow residents to cohabit with more than 300 artists and art professionals of all generations, nationalities and disciplines. In collaboration with its many partners, the Cité internationale des arts opens several calls for applications on specific themes and/or projects throughout the year.