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Exhibition “par petites touches”
Eric Dubois-Geoffroy, “by small touches”, retrospective 2015-2019.
Opening Saturday, April 6 at 18:00 in the presence of the artist
Exhibition realized in the framework of the 7 exhibitions “An artist … One month” proposed by the Museum of the Rural Life of Steenwerck, from April to October 2019
From the 6th to the 30th of April, I have the pleasure to present to you my photographic projects realized in collaboration with the Steenwerck Museum of Rural Life, the Joe’s Art Concept School of Lens, with the assistance of the city of Steenwerck and the restaurant the Train Station of the Roaring Twenties, including:
Photographic series realized in collaboration with Aurore, Daphnee, Iris, Kelly, Manon, Margaux, Marie, Margot, Mathilde, Suz Chevrier, Wendy, models.
Exhibition from the 6th to the 30th April
Location: Musée de la Vie Rurale de Steenwerk (59, Fr).
the Museum is open until April 22 from 14h to 18h on weekdays and from 15h to 19h on Sunday
then every Sunday from 15h to 19h from April to November.
For groups: open all year round during the week by reservation.
Staged in the same shot, the destinies of Tess’s characters face or coexist. A woman torn between her aspirations for independence, her spirit of freedom and respect for the established order, the proprieties and the weight of the patriarchate, Tess’s character remains only solitude and retreat to her own cracks and wounds. A violent and desperate face to face.
Extracts from Tess of the d’Urbervilles
‘Yes,’ said Tess, ‘when they come.’
‘They are already here.’ D’Urberville began gathering specimens of the fruit for her, handing them back to her as he stooped; and, presently, selecting a specially fine product of the ‘British Queen’ variety, he stood up and held it by the stem to her mouth.
‘No—no!’ she said quickly, putting her fingers between his hand and her lips. ‘I would rather take it in my own hand.’
‘Nonsense!’ he insisted; and in a slight distress she parted her lips and took it in.
They had spent some time wandering desultorily thus, Tess eating in a half-pleased, half-reluctant state whatever d’Urberville offered her.’
‘Why didn’t you tell me there was danger in men-folk? Why didn’t you warn me? Ladies know what to fend hands against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks; but I never had the chance o’ learning in that way, and you did not help me!’
‘The perfect woman, you see, was a working woman; not an idler; not a fine lady; but one who used her hands and her head and her heart for the good of others.’
‘The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.’
Tess of the d’Urbervilles By Thomas Hardy, 1891.
Dark Land project
The project “Dark Land” is an incursion into the texts belonging to the literary movement of Black Romanticism, from its beginnings in the nineteenth century until today, in its various evolutions and currents.
Other texts were selected, in collaboration with each of the collaborators, models, against the black romantic current, they share the same melancholy, a certain darkness, associated with humor and a real sensuality.
Each photographic series is staged with echoes of extracts from texts and poems by Milosz, notably Paul Verlaine.
Built from the poems of Lord Byron “She walks in the beauty” and “To the imagination” of Emily Brontë, this photographic series culminated in the production of a short photographic film in English, accessible from the QR CODE posted in the exhibition.
QR CODEs mark the photographs presented in the exhibition and give access to the complete series or to the photographic short film that prolongs the photographs.
See on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/217337643
Donkey Skin is a series built from different interpretations of the story, from its origins and the first illustrations published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to Jacques Demy’s film in 1970.
See on Vimeo the project’s backstage https://vimeo.com/214505403
Pilot Super Factory
A series of photos in tribute to pioneering women photographers, Germaine Krull (1897-1985) and Lee Miller (1907-1977), and to all unknown amateur photographers.
Wagon lit /night train
“To dare to wear a hat is to show one’s true face,” says the advertisement. This chapel variation, made from the museum’s collections, suggests that for once the advertisement is not misleading.
With nothing but a hat, this variation of fox and other headgear is the point of entry for particular expressions and emotions.
Exhibition realized thanks to the Museum of the Rural Life of Steenwerck
That the people and institutions that have made their collaboration, their generous loans and the availability of the filming locations for the realization of this exhibition are the expression of my gratitude:
Mr. Jean-Pierre Renaux, director of the Museum of Rural Life of Steenwerck, for the loans of costumes and accessories, as well as for the opening of the Museum for the shootings of the various photographic sessions,
Ms. Cathy Desbiens, Director of the Joe’s Art Concept School of Lens, as well as all the teachers and students of hairdressers and makeup artists,
Mrs. Aude Gau, business manager and manager of L’Heure Enchantée and Mrs. Adeline Thuillier, hairdresser and manager of Scissors of Adel,
Mr. Joël Devos, Mayor of the city of Steenwerck, for the opening of the Decanter house to the various shootings including “True Friends”, “Dark Land”, “Peau d’Âne”),
My thanks also to the technical services of the City of Steenwerck for their availability,
Mr. Julien Ruchot, manager of the restaurant of the Gare des Années Folles, in Sailly-sur-la-Lys, for the opening of the PLM coach builded on 1924, classified, and the “train station of the Roaring Twenties”,
All of these projects could not have been realized without the collaboration of the different models or co-partners who knew to embody with talent, patience, and always in the good mood, the different characters, texts and scenarios of these projects: Aurore , Daphnee, Iris, Kelly, Manon, Margaux, Marie, Matilda, Suz Chevrier, Wendy.
“The Roaring Twenties”
“Pilot super factory”
” Donkey Skin ”
Articles in the press
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