For her first solo exhibition in a French institution, Marguerite Bornhauser presents “Moisson Rouge”, which evokes the film noir genre and the narrative underlying Henry Wessel’s work.
Her work combines an editorial approach with numerous literary references. The title of her exhibition at MEP, “Moisson Rouge” makes reference to the novel Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, a Hollywood screenwriter and pioneer of the American detective novel.
The exhibition comprises some twenty works, including a series of Cibachrome diptychs. For the occasion, the artist and MEP collaborated with Cadre en Seine–Choi, one of the last remaining laboratories in Europe to use the Cibachrome process, whose vibrancy and lustre appeal to photographers and young artists interested in colour and materials. Marguerite Bornhauser also focuses here on the ambiguity between still and moving images, and a video exploring this duality is presented in the exhibition.
Marguerite Bornhauser follows the overarching theme woven throughout our two main shows this season, “A Dark Thread,” by Henry Wessel, and “Fil Noir,” which features works from the MEP collection. The exhibition design evokes the intriguing world of film noir: Marguerite Bornhauser associates previously unrelated images in diptych form, giving them a new meaning that invites us to create our own narrative.
Marguerite Bornhauser was born in 1989. After studying literature and journalism at the Sorbonne, she enrolled at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, from which she graduated in 2015. In 2014, she was artist in residence at the Weissensee Art School in Berlin. She has exhibited her work on numerous occasions, including shows in the streets of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the United States, at the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles, during the Planche(s) Contact Festival in Deauville, and at BETC and Agnès B in Paris.