Talk with Viviane Sassen and Baloji

To close the exhibition PHOSPHOR : Art & Fashion, the MEP invites you to a talk with Viviane Sassen in discussion with Baloji, musician, film director and artistic director. The talk is preceded by a book signing session with Viviane Sassen from 5pm.

Viviane Sassen’s work was an important influence for Baloji in the making of his first feature film Augure, released in 2023. The film tells the story of four individuals considered witches and sorcerers, whose fragility resonates strongly with Sassen’s artistic universe. This talk will be an opportunity to discover the work of both artists, who will be exchanging in public for the first time.

The talk will be held in English.

Viviane Sassen will sign her books at the bookshop from 5pm, before the talk in the auditorium starting at 6pm.

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Librairie 17h-18h
Auditorium 18h-19h

To register for the event, please follow this link.

Speakers

Baloji

Baloji

Born in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo) and based in Belgium, Baloji is an award-winning musician, filmmaker and polymath artist. He works as an art director and costume designer for fashion and other visual art forms.

Visit his website and his Instagram.

Baloji
© Keke Keukelaar B&W

Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen was born in 1972 in Amsterdam, and lives there. She studied fashion design, followed by photography at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU), and Ateliers Arnhem.

Her work has been the subject of major solo exhibitions, including In and Out Of Fashion, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2012); Umbra, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2014); Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 -2012, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2015); Pikin Slee, ICA, London (2015); Umbra, Fotografiska, Stockholm (2017); Lexicon, Foto Kunst Stadforum, Innsbruck, Austria (2017); Umbra, Deichtorhallen, Hambourg (2017); Umbra, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2017).

Sassen has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions, including New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011), No Fashion, Please! Photography between gender and lifestyle at Kunsthalle, Vienna (2011); at the Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg, Germany (2016); at the Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (2016); at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (2017); at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2017); at CAFA Museum, Chine (2018); at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco (2020) and at Fotomuseum, Winterthur (2022).

Her work was featured in the main exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace, in 2013.

Sassen was awarded the Dutch art prize, the Prix de Rome in 2007, and in 2011 won the International Center of Photography in New York’s Infinity Award for Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography. In 2015, she was awarded the David Octavius Hill Medal from the German Photography Academy, and was also nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for her exhibition Umbra. She has also received numerous awards for her publications.

© Keke Keukelaar B&W

Discover our new Season of exhibitions dedicated to Annie Ernaux and Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn

The MEP is delighted to announce its new exhibition Season: on the second floor of the Gallery, 29 photographers and 150 prints from our collections will pay tribute to the literary work of Annie Ernaux. On the third floor, visitors will be able to meet Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, considered to be the first ‘top model’ in history, through a collection of works covering 20 years of fashion photography, from 1935 to 1958.

From 2024 February 28 to May 26

Exteriors — Annie Ernaux and Photography

The MEP is proud to host an exhibition of photographs from its collection conceived with Annie Ernaux and paying tribute to her literary work. The exhibition combines texts from Ernaux’s book Exteriors (Journal du dehors), 1993 – a record of happenings on trains, shops and streets in-and-around Cergy-Pontoise between 1985 and 1992 – with more than one hundred and fifty images from the MEP collection by major photographers such as Harry Callahan, Claude Dityvon, Dolorès Marat, Daido Moriyama, Janine Niepce, Issei Suda, Henry Wessel and Bernard Pierre Wolff, amongst others. The image selection covers the second half of 20th century and includes photographs mostly taken in France but also in England, Japan, USA and other countries.

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn — Fashion Icon

This exhibition presents the personal collection of the greatest model of her time. Featuring almost 150 prints made between 1935 and 1955 by masters of photography such as Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Erwin Blumenfeld, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the golden age of fashion photography, magnified by an exceptional personality.

Tom Penn, son of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn and Irving Penn, proposed this exhibition project to the MEP. He has generously donated part of this remarkable collection to the MEP.

At the Studio

Iris Millot from 28.02.2024 to 07.04.2024
Winner of the 2023 Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award fo Young Talents
Pooya Abbasian from 11.04.2024 to 26.05.2024

To the left : Dolorès Marat, La femme aux gants (Woman with gloves), 1987. Fresson four-colour pigment print. MEP Collection, Paris. Acquired in 2001. © Dolorès Marat.
To the right : Irving Penn, Lisa Fonssagrives wearing a dress by Antonio del Castillo for Lanvin for the cover of US Vogue, November 1, 1949. Gelatin silver print. Loan from the Archive of Tom Penn. © Condé Nast

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Discover our new Season of exhibitions dedicated to Annie Ernaux and Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn

The MEP is delighted to announce its new exhibition Season: on the second floor of the Gallery, 29 photographers and 150 prints from our collections will pay tribute to the literary work of Annie Ernaux. On the third floor, visitors will be able to meet Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, considered to be the first ‘top model’ in history, through a collection of works covering 20 years of fashion photography, from 1935 to 1958.

From 2024 February 28 to May 26

Exteriors — Annie Ernaux and Photography

The MEP is proud to host an exhibition of photographs from its collection conceived with Annie Ernaux and paying tribute to her literary work. The exhibition combines texts from Ernaux’s book Exteriors (Journal du dehors), 1993 – a record of happenings on trains, shops and streets in-and-around Cergy-Pontoise between 1985 and 1992 – with more than one hundred and fifty images from the MEP collection by major photographers such as Harry Callahan, Claude Dityvon, Dolorès Marat, Daido Moriyama, Janine Niepce, Issei Suda, Henry Wessel and Bernard Pierre Wolff, amongst others. The image selection covers the second half of 20th century and includes photographs mostly taken in France but also in England, Japan, USA and other countries.

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn — Fashion Icon

This exhibition presents the personal collection of the greatest model of her time. Featuring almost 150 prints made between 1935 and 1955 by masters of photography such as Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Erwin Blumenfeld, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the golden age of fashion photography, magnified by an exceptional personality.

Tom Penn, son of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn and Irving Penn, proposed this exhibition project to the MEP. He has generously donated part of this remarkable collection to the MEP.

At the Studio

Iris Millot from 28.02.2024 to 07.04.2024
Winner of the 2023 Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents
Pooya Abbasian from 11.04.2024 to 26.05.2024

To the left : Dolorès Marat, La femme aux gants (Woman with gloves), 1987. Fresson four-colour pigment print. MEP Collection, Paris. Acquired in 2001. © Dolorès Marat.
To the right : Irving Penn, Lisa Fonssagrives wearing a dress by Antonio del Castillo for Lanvin for the cover of US Vogue, November 1, 1949. Gelatin silver print. Loan from the Archive of Tom Penn. © Condé Nast

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited the MEP

This morning, Wednesday 29 November, the MEP – Maison Européenne de la Photographie was honoured to welcome Her Majesty the Queen Máxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for a visit to the Viviane Sassen – PHOSPHOR: Art & Fashion exhibition.

Queen Máxima visited the exhibition in the presence of the artist Viviane Sassen. They were accompanied by Jan Versteeg, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Arnaud Ngatcha, Deputy Mayor of Paris responsible for Europe, international relations and the French-speaking world, Françoise Gaillard, President of the MEP, Simon Baker, Director of the MEP and Clothilde Morette, Head of Programming at the MEP and curator of the exhibition.

Following her visit, the Queen held discussions with two Dutch photographic artists, Carlijn Jacobs and Sara van Rij.

© Quentin Chevrier

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Senta Simond at the MEP Studio

The MEP Studio presents Dissonance, the first solo exhibition in a French institution by Swiss artist and fashion photographer Senta Simond, from 15 December 2023 to 11 February 2024.

Renowned for photographs of the female body that counter stereotypical views of feminine beauty, Simond will show a new ensemble of videos and photos that introduce music into her work for the first time. The exhibition’s centrepiece is a diptych combining video and still photography, in a visual and sound dialogue between two young women who have never met in person: a young Ukrainian dancer and an Irish harpist.Focusing on intimate close-up, off-kilter snapshots, Simond finds nuances in fleeting gestures and facial expressions These become the focus of mysterious, closely cropped images that invite the viewer into the scene, exploring the theme of human connection. The work, which combines Simond’s images with footage by the two young women, whom she asked to film themselves inspired by her approach, also speaks to ideas of staging and performance, improvisation and chance.

This new project is a prolongation of the artist’s first book, Rayon Vert (2018) – the title, which evokes Éric Rohmer’s 1986 film, based on Jules Verne’s eponymous 1882 novel, refers to an optical phenomenon known as the green ray – an unexpected flash of colour on the horizon at twilight, believed to bring a moment of clarity for those who see it, but which in reality, is far more elusive.

The exhibition will also include a new series of short films made in collaboration with a French musician in an empty space who seems to appear and disappear, creating a ghostly presence.

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After studying aesthetics and film theory at the University of Lausanne, Senta Simond received a Master’s degree in Photography at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland. A finalist for the Aperture/Paris Photo book award, she was also selected for the British Journal of Photography ‘Ones to watch’, Foam Talent and Swiss Design Awards. Her work has been in solo shows at Foam Museum, Danziger Gallery (New York) and Webber (New York/London), and in group shows in Tokyo, London, Bienne, and Basel. She is represented by Webber (New York/London).

Simond has also been working as a fashion photographer since 2018. Born in Geneva, she lives and works in Paris.

© Senta Simond, 2023


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In 2024 at the MEP

… the programme will be bold, eclectic and experimental. Discover the major exhibitions for this Season.

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 1979 Inkjet print, 119 x 180cm MEP Collection, Paris. Gift from the artist in 2014 © Marie-Paule Nègre
Irving Penn, Dress by Antonio del Castillo for Lanvin, 1949 Color variant on the cover of Vogue US, 1st November 1949 Gelatin silver print, 25×20 cm Loan from the Archive of Tom Penn © Condé Nast

From 28.02.2024 to 26.05.2024

Exteriors. Annie Ernaux & Photography

Exteriors. Annie Ernaux & Photography celebrates the dynamic relationship between photography and the writing of Annie Ernaux, 2022 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, through texts taken from her book Exteriors (1993) and photographs from the MEP collection. The exhibition is a result of research carried out by curator and writer Lou Stoppard during a month-long residency at the MEP in May 2022.

 

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn – Fashion Icon

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn – Fashion Icon presents vintage prints from the personal collection of the greatest model of her time. Featuring almost 150 images made between 1935 and 1955 by masters of photography such as Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Erwin Blumenfeld, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the golden age of fashion photography, magnified by an exceptional personality. This collection was donated to the MEP in 2023 by Tom Penn, son of Irving Penn and Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, who also loaned several works.

At the Studio

Iris Millot | 28.02.2024-07.04.2024
Winner of the 2023 Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents
Pooya Abbasian | 11.04.2024-26.05.2024

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 1979 Inkjet print, 119 x 180cm MEP Collection, Paris. Gift from the artist in 2014 © Marie-Paule Nègre
Irving Penn, Dress by Antonio del Castillo for Lanvin, 1949 Color variant on the cover of Vogue US, 1st November 1949 Gelatin silver print, 25×20 cm Loan from the Archive of Tom Penn © Condé Nast
From the series « Extrem Tourism », 2011
© Thomas Mailaender

From 12.06.2024 to 29.09.2024

Thomas Mailaender — Les belles images

Thomas Mailaender’s work sits at the intersection of several key disciplines (photography, sculpture, performance, installation art, site specificity and publishing), interrogating the primary function of the image through. Based in Marseille, the multimedia artist re-orients his visual research using both historic and contemporary processes integrating unique photographic materials into a wide range of physical supports from cyanotypes to ceramics. His installations, often monumental in scale, question the role of images and their material status in todays’ society by using found images drawn from a range of sources from old-fashioned local flea-markets to the World Wide Web. This exhibition will bring together a vast array of old and new works together for the first time at the MEP.

At the Studio

Anne-Lise Seusse | 12.06.2024-14.07.2024
Tatjana Danneberg | 19.07.2024-29.09.2024

From the series « Extrem Tourism », 2011
© Thomas Mailaender
© Anna Atkins

From 16.10.2024 to 19.01.2025

Science/Fiction, a non-history of plants

The exhibition Science/Fiction, a non-history of plants retraces a visual history of plants linking art, technology and science from the mid-19th century to the present day. Rather than using a chronological approach, it combines the two conceptual frameworks of science and fiction. Conceived on two levels, the exhibition highlights the audacious efforts of both artists and researchers as they explore ways to connect with the environment. The first part of the exhibition, dedicated to an objective, science-based approach, will bring together principally photographic and video works. The second part will engage viewers in an immersive experience, playing on the porosity between science and (science) fiction, two fields that have made nature a privileged terrain for experimentation. From scientific documentaries to animist beliefs, from the anxieties linked to genetic mutation to political narratives, from repulsion to fascination, plants offer an inexhaustible source of stories that reveal our deepest desires and fears. These images are the most compelling witnesses to this phenomenon.

At the Studio

Ludovic Sauvage | 16.10.2024-01.12.2024
Maria Silva Esteve | 05.12.2024-19.01.2025

© Anna Atkins
Eudocimus Ruber, from the series
“Of Mud and Lotus”, 2017
© Viviane Sassen and Stevenson
(Johannesburg / Cape Town /
Amsterdam)

From 18.10.2023 to 11.02.2024

The MEP is proud to present the first retrospective by Dutch artist Viviane Sassen. This exhibition, which comprises more than 200 works, reveals over thirty years of multifaceted creation bringing together photography, collage, painting and video.

Eudocimus Ruber, from the series
“Of Mud and Lotus”, 2017
© Viviane Sassen and Stevenson
(Johannesburg / Cape Town /
Amsterdam)

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In 2024 at the MEP

… the programme will be bold, eclectic and experimental. Discover the major exhibitions for this Season.

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 1979 Inkjet print, 119 x 180cm MEP Collection, Paris. Gift from the artist in 2014 © Marie-Paule Nègre
Irving Penn, Dress by Antonio del Castillo for Lanvin, 1949 Color variant on the cover of Vogue US, 1st November 1949 Gelatin silver print, 25×20 cm Loan from the Archive of Tom Penn © Condé Nast

From 28.02.2024 to 26.05.2024

Exteriors — Annie Ernaux & Photography

Exteriors. Annie Ernaux & Photography celebrates the dynamic relationship between photography and the writing of Annie Ernaux, 2022 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, through texts taken from her book Exteriors (1993) and photographs from the MEP collection. The exhibition is a result of research carried out by curator and writer Lou Stoppard during a month-long residency at the MEP in May 2022.

 

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn – Fashion Icon

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn – Fashion Icon presents vintage prints from the personal collection of the greatest model of her time. Featuring almost 150 images made between 1935 and 1955 by masters of photography such as Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Erwin Blumenfeld, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the golden age of fashion photography, magnified by an exceptional personality. This collection was donated to the MEP in 2023 by Tom Penn, son of Irving Penn and Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, who also loaned several works.

At the Studio

Iris Millot | 28.02.2024-07.04.2024
Winner of the 2023 Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents
Pooya Abbasian | 12.04.2024-26.05.2024

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 1979 Inkjet print, 119 x 180cm MEP Collection, Paris. Gift from the artist in 2014 © Marie-Paule Nègre
Irving Penn, Dress by Antonio del Castillo for Lanvin, 1949 Color variant on the cover of Vogue US, 1st November 1949 Gelatin silver print, 25×20 cm Loan from the Archive of Tom Penn © Condé Nast
From the series « Extrem Tourism », 2011
© Thomas Mailaender

From 12.06.2024 to 29.09.2024

Thomas Mailaender — Les Belles Images

Thomas Mailaender’s work sits at the intersection of several key disciplines (photography, sculpture, performance, installation art, site specificity and publishing), interrogating the primary function of the image through. Based in Marseille, the multimedia artist re-orients his visual research using both historic and contemporary processes integrating unique photographic materials into a wide range of physical supports from cyanotypes to ceramics. His installations, often monumental in scale, question the role of images and their material status in todays’ society by using found images drawn from a range of sources from old-fashioned local flea-markets to the World Wide Web. This exhibition will bring together a vast array of old and new works together for the first time at the MEP.

At the Studio

Anne-Lise Seusse | 12.06.2024-14.07.2024
Tatjana Danneberg | 19.07.2024-29.09.2024

From the series « Extrem Tourism », 2011
© Thomas Mailaender
© Anna Atkins

From 16.10.2024 to 19.01.2025

Science/Fiction, a non-history of plants

The exhibition Science/Fiction, a non-history of plants retraces a visual history of plants linking art, technology and science from the mid-19th century to the present day. Rather than using a chronological approach, it combines the two conceptual frameworks of science and fiction. Conceived on two levels, the exhibition highlights the audacious efforts of both artists and researchers as they explore ways to connect with the environment. The first part of the exhibition, dedicated to an objective, science-based approach, will bring together principally photographic and video works. The second part will engage viewers in an immersive experience, playing on the porosity between science and (science) fiction, two fields that have made nature a privileged terrain for experimentation. From scientific documentaries to animist beliefs, from the anxieties linked to genetic mutation to political narratives, from repulsion to fascination, plants offer an inexhaustible source of stories that reveal our deepest desires and fears. These images are the most compelling witnesses to this phenomenon.

At the Studio

Ludovic Sauvage | 16.10.2024-01.12.2024
Maria Silva Esteve | 06.12.2024-19.01.2025

© Anna Atkins
Eudocimus Ruber, from the series
“Of Mud and Lotus”, 2017
© Viviane Sassen and Stevenson
(Johannesburg / Cape Town /
Amsterdam)

From 18.10.2023 to 11.02.2024

Viviane Sassen – PHOSPHOR : Art & Fashion

The MEP is proud to present the first retrospective by Dutch artist Viviane Sassen. This exhibition, which comprises more than 200 works, reveals over thirty years of multifaceted creation bringing together photography, collage, painting and video.

Eudocimus Ruber, from the series
“Of Mud and Lotus”, 2017
© Viviane Sassen and Stevenson
(Johannesburg / Cape Town /
Amsterdam)

Special programme Paris Photo 2023

To coincide with Paris Photo, from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 November 2023 at the Grand Palais Éphémère, the MEP is delighted to be hosting a special programme of meetings, screenings and signings.

Thur. 11.09, 6 p.m.

Signature with Nick Waplington

To mark the publication of Nick Waplington’s book Comprehensive by Phaidon, the MEP bookshop is organising a public signing with the artist.

Fri. 11.10, 6 p.m.

Talk with Gregory Crewdson

The MEP is delighted to invite artist Gregory Crewdson to discuss his work with curator and author Jean-Charles Vergne.

Sat. 11.11, 3 p.m.

Preview of the film On Closer Inspection: Robert Cumming & talk with Emilia Mickevicius

Discover the preview of the film On Closer Inspection: Robert Cumming, directed by Noah Rosenberg, in collaboration with The Robert Cumming Archives. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Emilia Mickevicius, art historian and curator, and Simon Baker, Director of the MEP.

Sat. 11.11, 4 p.m.

Public signing with David Campany for the publication of Very Pictorial Conceptual Art — Robert Cumming

The MEP bookshop welcomes David Campany, author of Very Pictorial Conceptual Art — Robert Cumming published by Stanley/Barker.

Sat. 11.11, 6 p.m.

Round table — Photography, fashion and art: what role can collaboration play?

To coincide with the exhibition VIVIANE SASSEN — PHOSPHOR: Art & Fashion, the MEP is hosting a round-table discussion with photographers Viviane Sassen and Nick Waplington. Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, founder of the magazine Vestoj, will moderate the discussion.

Sat. 11.11, 7 p.m.

Public signing with Viviane Sassen

To coincide with the exhibition VIVIANE SASSEN — PHOSPHOR: Art & Fashion, attend a public signing with the artist Viviane Sassen at the MEP bookshop.

Sat. 11.11, 7 p.m.

Signature with Nick Waplington

To mark the publication of Nick Waplington’s book Comprehensive by Phaidon, the MEP bookshop is organising a public signing with the artist.

Sat. 11.11, 7 p.m.

Public launch BONNE x VIVIANE SASSEN PHOSPHOR capsule collection 

Viviane Sassen invited Amsterdam based label BONNE to create a capsule collection in celebration of the exhibition PHOSPHOR: Art & Fashion.

Sun. 11.12, 4 p.m.

Meet & sign with dienacht Publishing

The MEP bookshop has invited dienacht Publishing to present a selection of publications. Calin and Yana Kruse, along with other artists, will be on hand to sign the books.

At the price of an admission ticket that also gives access to the exhibitions.
Booking required via our online ticketing service.

At the price of an admission ticket that also gives access to the exhibitions.
Booking required via our online ticketing service.

Preview of the film On Closer Inspection: Robert Cumming & meeting with Emilia Mickevicuis

Robert Cumming is one of the most important American photographers of the 1960s and 1970s, known for his conceptual, meticulous and often humorous photographs. In the last two years of his life, Robert focused on realizing a career long ambition to reinterpret some of his negatives into larger scale prints.

On Closer Inspection: Robert Cumming is a documentary gathering a list of stellar interviewees including the artist’s longtime friends, collaborators and curators of his shows in major institutions. The film will be presented to the public for the first time at the MEP. The screening is followed by a conversation with Emilia Mickevicius, art historian and curator, and Simon Baker, director of the MEP.

The event will be in English.

Speakers

© Paul Markow

Emilia Mickevicius

Emilia Mickevicius is an art historian and curator who specializes in 20th century and contemporary U.S. photography. She has been newly appointed the Norton Family Assistant Curator of Photography, a curatorial position shared between Phoenix Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography.

© Marguerite Bornhauser

Simon Baker

Simon Baker is director of the MEP. He was previously Chief Curator of Photography at the Tate, London, and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham. He has published numerous articles on photography and contemporary art, and is a regular contributor to photo books.

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Senta Simond at the MEP Studio

The MEP Studio presents Dissonance, the first solo exhibition in a French institution by Swiss artist and fashion photographer Senta Simond, from 15 December 2023 to 11 February 2024.

Renowned for photographs of the female body that counter stereotypical views of feminine beauty, Simond will show a new ensemble of videos and photos that introduce music into her work for the first time. The exhibition’s centrepiece is a diptych combining video and still photography, in a visual and sound dialogue between two young women who have never met in person: a young Ukrainian dancer and an Irish harpist.Focusing on intimate close-up, off-kilter snapshots, Simond finds nuances in fleeting gestures and facial expressions These become the focus of mysterious, closely cropped images that invite the viewer into the scene, exploring the theme of human connection. The work, which combines Simond’s images with footage by the two young women, whom she asked to film themselves inspired by her approach, also speaks to ideas of staging and performance, improvisation and chance.

This new project is a prolongation of the artist’s first book, Rayon Vert (2018) – the title, which evokes Éric Rohmer’s 1986 film, based on Jules Verne’s eponymous 1882 novel, refers to an optical phenomenon known as the green ray – an unexpected flash of colour on the horizon at twilight, believed to bring a moment of clarity for those who see it, but which in reality, is far more elusive.

The exhibition will also include a new series of short films made in collaboration with a French musician in an empty space who seems to appear and disappear, creating a ghostly presence.

____________________

After studying aesthetics and film theory at the University of Lausanne, Senta Simond received a Master’s degree in Photography at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland. A finalist for the Aperture/Paris Photo book award, she was also selected for the British Journal of Photography ‘Ones to watch’, Foam Talent and Swiss Design Awards. Her work has been in solo shows at Foam Museum, Danziger Gallery (New York) and Webber (New York/London), and in group shows in Tokyo, London, Bienne, and Basel. She is represented by Webber (New York/London).

Simond has also been working as a fashion photographer since 2018. Born in Geneva, she lives and works in Paris.

© Senta Simond, 2023

© Senta Simond, 2023

© Senta Simond, 2023

© Senta Simond, 2023

© Senta Simond, 2023

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