This exhibition presents some artworks from my period revolving around lights and nature. It also shows my recent evolution towards figurative art with landscapes using the same technique as before.
My reflection is about finding a way to reintroduce classical subjects in contemporary art. Representing elements of the environment with a non-realistic style is the purpose of my latest work. Japanese Art has influenced my production.
Flaneries au Père-Lachaise | photographs by Louis Gaillard
Père-Lachaise is one of the most visited places of the capital. It is also its largest green space and of course it is one of the Parisian cemeteries that houses the most famous people.
My work focuses on the romantic character of the place expressed by the neo-Gothic architecture of monuments and chapels and the organization of the English garden in its old part. That’s why I started to photograph the cemetery in the evening, in winter one of the seasons where it best expresses its character and or more importantly it inspires me the most.
I imagined this exhibition as a ballad and a reverie to make you want to discover this place beyond the celebrities who live there and the history that accompanies them.
It is also a way of apprehending the vanity of men and their desire to want to exist after their death. At a time when death is taboo for many, I have taken the opportunity to try to tame it a little.
The scent of an idea. Psychological Dystopia | Cesc Abad
the Darwinian approach be reversed? Of all the species that
inhabit our planet, what has it evolved and how far? These
questions can be easy to ask, and also to solve, if we enter the dystopian
world of artist Cesc Abad.
has differentiated himself from other animals for his intelligence, and
according to Nietzsche’s ideas, he has been able to overcome the slavery of the
human condition by gaining freedom, and this has allowed him to unleash his
Nevertheless, perhaps what appears to be the pinnacle of civilization is not thought for man, but for animals capable of developing more effective behaviors than those of the human being.
The Scent of an Idea. Psychological Dystopia is the title proposed by Cesc Abad to enter a sort of Garden of Eden, where each element has a function, which shows us the cognitive abilities that can be acquired by animals. On the other hand, he suggests the possibility of questioning the wisdom and skill of the human being, as Pierre Boulle wrote in his book The Planet of the Apes; “Reasonable Men? Men who hold wisdom? Men inspired by the spirit? No, that is not possible.
It is possible that we are faced with a regression of species, where the true pariahs of the planet will be the men and women who observe the desires of the animal species. It is possible that we are faced with a new dystopia that allows us to reflect on our role in the world, as a satire of human behavior. It is possible that works like I love you or You offer you situations that have never been imagined. It is possible that Cesc Abad is inventing a world that talks about ours.
Author: Mònica Marañón
Biography of Cesc Abad
I was born in Barcelona in 1973, being the only son of a family dedicated to the family business. When I was 15, I was expelled from school, and at that time I saw that I loved the visual arts, especially painting.
My father financed my first studies with the condition of working in the family business. During these first years, I experiment and expose my works in different rooms and galleries.
Everything went well until my father died suddenly when I was 21 years old. Without even having time to think about it, I become the head of the family business. This event will profoundly mark my way of understanding art, the world and myself. I worked as director of the family business, always running it under my great creative temperament.
During my management, the company has achieved ten years of success in various fields (electronics, industrial, sports and fashion). During this period, I realized that my passion for painting makes me weak in front of my business colleagues and I decided to hide it. When I found the time and the money, I decided to place a large workshop annex to my company and under the greatest secrecy.
In the center of my company and next to my office, there is a direct door to the workshop, where I experiment with different materials and techniques (painting, photography, video, ceramics, etc.) without any need never to show any of my works. This space is called by my employees as “the wall”. Nobody knows what’s behind, nor my closest associates, I only share it with my most direct family.
Nevertheless, this way of working, without having the need to sell my works, with no limit of resources, hidden from the public and, by adding activity in the business, all this makes me an incredibly high personal bill.
After having led this double life for twenty years, I decided in 2016 to sell my businesses and dedicate exclusively to artistic creation. I am moving to a more modest studio and I am starting to prepare works to show them to the world. I have decided that it will no longer be a secret.
Biography of Mònica Marañón
Mònica Marañón (Terrassa, 1971) – Art Historian and Independant Curator
Studies 2018: Expert in the professionalization of contemporary art (University of Barcelona) 2015: Exhibition curator’s course (Association Arte Sostenible) 2014: Master’s degree in teacher training for secondary education, bachelor’s degree, languages and vocational training (UNIR, Universidad de la Rioja). 2013: Graduated in Art History for UNED.
Professional experience Mònica Marañón began her career in the business management sector in 1987. She combined this profession with her interest in art through her own family experience, as she experienced creative processes through the workshop of her uncle, who was a painter, starting as an independent curator for the artist Cesc Abad in 1994, becoming the curator of the exhibition “My father” in the city of Ullastrell.
Her passion for art led her to study Art History for UNED and to start teaching from 2014 to 2017 as a tutor in contemporary art history at UNED (Associated Center of Sant Boi) and as a teacher at Vedruna Vall High School, Fundació Vedruna de Terrassa.
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Lieux-dits [Said Places] | Elise Prudhomme
Photographic author, Elise Prudhomme, uses her many cameras to explore the possibilities and limits of the medium. Her subject matter varies from Landscape, Portraits or Interior Spaces but throughout there is a humor, irony and an appreciation of the surreal.
Her latest exhibition is Lieux-dits. This is a French toponymic term that literally translates as “Said Places”. It refers to small geographical locations that bear traditional names often based on some characteristic of the place, its former use, or a past event. These photographs represent events as well as places, as in a memoir. One single shot was not enough to express the feeling engendered by the locale. Through a creative use of multiple perspectives and points of view to generate diverse reference points, the emotions associated with the Lieux-dits are anchored in memory.
Graduate of Smith College in Art History and Italian Literature, Elise assists fashion and architecture photographers in Florence before moving to Paris. She continues her apprenticeship in silver printing at the Maine Photographic Workshops and in Paris with Guillaume Geneste. Self-consciousness, her first photographic series in medium format black and white film is awarded at Royan and receives the Grand Prix of Riedisheim on the theme “Feminine”.
Elise participates in the creation of Francis Picabia’s catalog raisonné and directs the pop-up gallery for the visual arts: Studio Galerie B&B. She teaches contemporary art and photography to the students of Spéos Paris and Rhode Island School of Design through the organization of cultural visits in Ile-de-France.
enthusiasm and rigor, Elise Prudhomme explores creative processes combining
analog and digital photography using middle and large format cameras (4×5 view
camera, Hasselblad, Rolleiflex). She realizes projects around the theme of the
new picturesque. Light is her first tool and inspires the treatment of the
subject whether it is an interior space, a landscape or a portrait as
illustrated by her work for the French National Foundation of Parks and Gardens
and the Theodore Roosevelt Association.
First trip to Ivory Coast … my grandmother had just died. She told me: what’s the use of traveling? She had never left Brittany, her native country. I will go to Abidjan, I will not be at her funeral. Leave to forget absence, the gray-blue waves of my childhood, leave Brittany to discover other shores, other faces. Watch
PhD in comparative literature, Nathalie Debroise teaches film analysis and history of photography courses at the American University of Paris. She directs the Department of French Studies after having directed the film department. Her previous exhibitions were devoted to dance and the female body. She is currently preparing an exhibition (texts / images) on sexual identities and gender transgression.
I take photographs. I take pictures. I stop. I let myself be overwhelmed by what I see. I take. I am not a technician. I take pictures. I look for my old pictures. I cut them. Cut out. They are new. No content. Silent. Little contrast. On the screen I work on the gray tones. A little black. It is necessary. I scrutinize. I modify. I destroy the light often. False day. That’s it.
And it’s the story, it’s the poetry, it’s the stealthy feeling. It is in Italy. It is five o’clock the awning has remained half-open, one hears the rumor of the beach which gradually resumes. It’s also an instant impression of déjà vu. It is in Manhattan, the documentary Style suddenly. It is the solitude of this street that turns.
I am Parisian. Every year I spend a lot of time near the city of Toulouse. I am 67. I studied at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris. I worked in drawing, illustration, graphic design and advertising. I always took pictures. Some images in this exhibition are more than 35 years old. I have been working with analog cameras, 35 mm, 6 x 6, 6 x 7. With a Polaroid 195. I now work with a Polaroid SX 70 and a small Sony digital camera.
It’s Nature | Paintings and drawings by Didier Vachet
Didier Vachet and Painting
Didier Vachet draws from an early age and
likes to caricature his classmates and teachers, which leads him naturally to
the world of comics.
As a teenager, he takes part in several drawing competitions, including the Angoulême festival three times (secondary school category) and finishes in first place. A few years later, Didier publishes a comic strip composed of 5 plates with the collaboration of a scriptwriter in a fanzine by Sémic.
Particularly curious and interested in all forms of art, he frequents for 20 years in the universe of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, which strongly influences his study of color and interest in culture.
Driven by his family, he begins to paint in the summer of 2017. Guided by his ideas, he sketches; first the forms and then the colors, which animate him during the creation of his paintings.
His inspirations are diverse and reflect his curiosity: he is interested in nineteenth and twentieth century painting, sculpture, architecture, history, cinema, comics, travel … This openness allows him to produce works of different styles and explore many themes using multiple mediums (marker, pencils, watercolor, acrylic, oil etc.).
His inventiveness is also expressed in the use of unusual materials such as soy sauce, lipstick or aluminum foil. His eye and his sensitivity are at the origin of an eclectic graphic and colorful style, imbued with humor and referring in turn to comics, cubism or graphics.
A Conversation with Chloe Lodge – Storyteller, Photographer & Author of ‘For the Love of the Photograph’
Author Chloe Lodge of recently published and wildly popular For the Love of the Photograph is coming to Paris all the way from her new home in New Zealand.
For the Love of the Photograph is causing quite a stir in the photography community worldwide and is being praised as a unique, must-have educational and inspirational guide for everyone who loves to tell stories with their photographs. The book’s ten engaging, easy to read chapters include the art of visual language, storytelling and the wonder of light. There are chapters on ways to be creative, the joy that is the physical image and thoughts on the use of social media. Copies of Chloe’s book are currently being bought and loved by photographers and non-photographers across the globe, not only for the compelling content and beautiful imagery but also for it’s incredible print quality and unique size making it small enough to take on travels or to keep handy whenever a creative boost is needed.
You’re invited to join Chloe on Friday 4th October to celebrate with a glass of wine and a chat. She will be talking for some of the evening about her journey in photography, which began in Paris nine years ago when she studied at Speos School of Photography. She will share what inspired to her to write a photography book and also give some helpful photography tips too. There will be also an opportunity to meet fellow photography lovers too.
Copies of her book will be available at the event for €25. However, to ensure you don’t miss out on a copy it’s recommended you pre-order online. There is a pre-order discount to €20. Simply select ‘Paris pre-order’ in the drop down menu. www.fortheloveofthephotograph.com
Chloe will be available at the end of the event to sign and personalize your book.
Écho Alice Chevalier, Paul, Fabienne Colombani et Arnaud Simonin
Alice Chevalier, Interior Designer and Training Designer, lives and works in Paris. Dedicated to exhibitions, collaborations and press publications, she currently devotes herself to her job as an illustrator.
Her works speak about the unspeakable, making us travel by breaking down concrete barriers. From her previous work, Alice has kept only one constant: she sublimates the world around us with a personal touch, resulting in work full of lyricism, real odes to life.
For this group exhibition, Alice will present a series about her passion for Mexico and the iconic cultural festival; El dia de los muertos.
Paul’s work is inspired by his two passions: Science and artistic creation that he has cultivated and developped from an early age. With this series, he explores a major concept in his work: Emergence.
His heroes, well-known icons that convey power, strength and hope, are represented by with a minimum of colors and a minimum of the unit of modern image that is the pixel.
Behind a recognizable identity, made of a palette of bright colors and marked flat areas, he used several techniques to achieve this series: stencils, aerosols, collages and stamps. Accustomed to large formats, Paul also wanted to work on smaller formats.
Born in Paris, Fabienne has been creating and drawing since she was young and has naturally oriented her passion towards the applied arts. The Estienne and Duperré schools led her to textile design and fashion.
Today, based in Montreuil, she is evolving towards a playful and poetic universe, inspired by the magic of childhood.
Organic and vegetable materials from kitchen waste inspire Fabienne to create animated illustrations. Using peels of the Alliaceae family – garlic, onion, shallot – grafted dead leaves, pods of beans… she composes miniatures and other curiosities in the form of trophies of vegetable hunting.
Diverted and transformed under the delicacy of line and composition, fragile materials escape their fate of compost to magically nest as imaginary birds, masks and totems …
Arnaud Simonin has been living in eastern Paris for 20 years. This artist teaches drawing and painting in associative structures as well as private workshops for adults, adolescents and children.
His job as a graphic designer, as well as his new teaching activity, influenced his personal plastic practices (painting landscapes, drawings, collages, engravings, stencils, photography) and confirmed his taste for visual experiments and mixed media techniques.
Solo exhibition – Galerie Champs Secrets (2014)
Group show – Bataclan Project – une affiche originale de 1964 distribuée à 100 artistes (2016)
Elements after crimes, 44.86°N 16.77°E | Zabou Carrière
December 2013, the excavations are completed in the mass grave of Tomašica in Republika Srpska. They started in September following the statements of a Serb witness. Twenty years later, he had indicated the place where non-Serbs were dumped in a dug pit in 1992 to hide the bodies during the Bosnian war. In 1993, the local population complained about the smells, the ones who had buried the bodies had unearthed a part to hide them in a secondary mass grave, Jakarina Kosa, about ten kilometers away.
Some 600 people were buried in Tomašica, making it the largest mass grave discovered in Europe since the Second World War.
Zabou Carrière had followed the excavations in the autumn and decided to come to Tomašica a few months later. The photographs of Elements After Crimes, 44.86 ° N 16.77 ° E show water, mud, stones, plants, all elements of the nature of an apparent banality. Their scale is not clearly noticeable, images without perspective. The shots are taken looking downwards towards the ground. Rather than landscapes, they are surfaces that are shown, the very ones that had to be excavated to get rid of the remains of the dead that had been sought for twenty years.
The photographs suggest rather than show the horror.
An image points to a scarred sky, indecisive between sun and clouds. The weather is nice and warm in this region too.
Vegetation has covered the returned earth, water has filled the pits, the excavators in charge of their extraction no longer cover the songs of the birds. The landscape was modified by the interventions of man and ended up revealing his secrets. The crime scene exists in the collective memory and yet much more is not visible.
Raphael Enthoven, resuming a text by Vladimir Jankélévitch, questions the fact that in Auschwitz “the grass starts growing again every year and the birds sing there”. He adds: “We can not but be indignant that life goes on and we can not help but rejoice.”
At the entrance to the Pantheon of Simone Veil and her husband Antoine, it was broadcast the recording of Dawn, Birkenau, June 17, 2018, 5 am. There is the song of birds.
Literature, music and film are an integral part of my artistic inspiration. Frequent changes in places of living to India and Arab-Countries, South-East-Asian and Mediterranean countries have given shape to subjects and style. Art is thus both an intercultural communication and an interaction transcending all cultures. Art gives the possibility to get different cultures nearer to each other and to correspond with each other’s cultures, this forms the central purpose, ideas and inspirations of my works and helps to overcome any constraints imposed. Through my work, I present Human Landscapes. Sometimes I use human faces or figures which express the inner world of a humans or his psyche and do not show reality like a photography. Humans are thus presented as integrated in nature and are part of their surroundings.
Sigrun Neumann, Baden-Baden, Allemagne
Education: Academy of Fine Arts, Germany – Sociology & Arabic/Islamic studies, Germany, Jordan & Tunisia
Group shows (selection) :Paris : 6e salons de femmes -Musée de Luxembourg Biennales des femmes – Grand Palais, UNESCO- expo international -ART POUR LA PAIX, Inde Chennai : Serala Art Center & Kaala Peetam Kerala, en coopération avec MMB (Institute Goethe) ; Indonésie Jacarta: 54. Merdaka-exposition ; Chypre Paphos: Galerie d’art de Kyklos, Galerie d’art de Diakosmos; MaG-Montreux, PAT-Pavia-Italie, AllemagneBaden-Baden : Galerie Altes Dampfbad , Gallerie GFJK .
One Women Show (selection):Allemagne: Galerie d’art Moering, Wiesbaden; Algerie: Galerie nationale d’art d’Alger; Allemagne: Foire internationale du livre de Francfort; Inde Chennai: Musée d’art moderne; Grindlays Banque Galerie d’art; Centre d’art Sarala Cochin; Galerie d’art de Cochin; Chypre Paphos: Galerie d’art de Kyklos & Diakosmos Art Gallery; : Khan al Maghraby; Maroc Rabat: Galerie d’art-Institut Goethe; Allemagne Berlin: KunstRaum Ko, Baden-Baden: Galerie *Altes Dampfbad*
Alger : professor : à l’école supérieur du beaux-arts & Jakarta Indonésie : lycée français international; WIC,
Freelance photographer, Illustrator of poetry, Intercultural traveler
OPENING HOURS : Tuesday – Friday from 3 – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 6pm
The Print Swap | A Project by Feature Shoot
Give and Receive Prints; Build Your Collection; Be Surprised!
International photographers of all backgrounds are invited to submit to The Print Swap, brought to you by Feature Shoot. The Print Swap is an opportunity for photographers to collect carefully curated prints and engage with other photographers around the globe. Photographers who are selected by our curators will both give and receive a print. Once selected, photographers pay $40 per image to participate (we cover printing and shipping).
To submit, simply hashtag your images on Instagram #theprintswap or email them to us (at 620px wide) at email@example.com.
We’re thrilled to announce that submissions are now officially open for our next exhibition, opening this spring at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris.
Photographers who participate in The Print Swap between now and March 31st will be considered by the photographer and gallery director Elise Prudhomme to be part of the show. As always, anyone can apply by tagging their best images #theprintswap on Instagram.
Under the leadership of photographers Prudhomme and Philippe Bachelier, Studio Galerie B&B is a hub for artists, providing a stunning gallery space in addition to its studio and darkroom facilities. Positioned between Canal Saint-Martin and Gare de l’Est, the gallery’s elegant windows face bustling street, where locals and tourists can pop in to see work from photographers around the world. The final selection of exhibiting images will be announced shortly after the March 31st deadline, and in the meantime, you can stay updated by following along on Instagram at @theprintswap.
Hashtag your images #theprintswap on Instagram by March 31, 2019 to be considered for our exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris.
Graduate of the Central Union of Decorative Arts, I first focused on advertising. I also created my own graphic editing studio. Actually, I prefer painting and devote all of my time to it.
I work with acrylic and a brush and knife. I express myself most of the time with bright colors often tempered by gray, brown and gold, on large formats. The material is sometimes thick and can hide several layers. My painting is abstract and spontaneous. I believe that my work exudes energy and vitality.
Girl Gang | Group Photo Exhibition during Photo Month OFF
Girl Gang is composed of eight female identifying storytellers from all over the globe who decided to come together at a pivotal time in history, not just in the world but also in photography. According to statistics collected by Women Photograph, an organization whose aim is to elevate the voices of female and gender-queer photographers, there is a clear lack of representation of women, especially women of color, in the media. In 2018, only 7.3% of the lead photo bylines published were by women at Le Monde and 19.9% at The New York Times.
The female gaze is a powerful thing, offering access to many worlds, most often hidden from men. It’s important to see how we observe and document the world. Moreover, Paris is an important city not only because of its rich ties to photography but also because of its international landscape. We are here to be heard and to have our photos seen. Exhibiting here allows us to have our stories amplified.
Black Holes | a photographic voyage by Julien Sunyé
The War is not over, interior and exterior stigmas
Paris, May 2019
“Every year we celebrate peace, but in reality we are still at war.” Through 24 European destinations, 54 shots, 26,000 kilometers, the photographer Julien Sunyé evokes the traumas of the conflicts crossed, those that we believe forgotten or those that we ignore through denial. Here, photography reveals the cry of “the vulnerable being in search of peace”. A poignant series of about fifty color and black-and-white photographs that challenges the identity of each of us faced with the violence of internal conflicts, such as those who have opposed or still oppose men today in the world.
A metaphor for humanity
“Black Holes” is a metaphor for humanity. Faced with light, nude bodies remind us of the fragility of human nature. The models photographed are in survival mode, they seek to continue to live in peace despite life in danger. The human race has always struggled to appease what has hurt it, these wounds that can never be completely eradicated or repaired. Julien Sunyé evokes the quest for peace through his work: “The emotions that go through us often have their origins in childhood. It takes time, attention and real work on oneself to understand and analyze them. Modern life unfortunately leaves little room for this inner quest. Finally, to show one’s pain is to learn how to overcome it, to make peace with one’s past and create a harmonious future for one’s self and others.”
This series pays tribute to victims who have fallen victim to collective violence as well as those who are still trapped and fighting against their own past. The question is: how can we survive this violence and at what price? And what does peace and freedom mean when you are still trapped in past violence? “The commemorated wars are deceptive: the violence has not completely ended. Although nature and time have repaired wounds to make them invisible, they persist in another forms.”
Photography, act of resilience
In 2013, Julien Sunyé is plunged into a severe depression whose cause escapes him. It prevents him from working and being able to express his emotions and therefore continue to live. Seeking to cope, Julien Sunyé becomes interested in different forms of trauma. He learns that the trauma of early childhood is deeply rooted in the subconscious and that he can define the present. He understands that one then becomes a prisoner of one’s past.
During the summer of 2016, the photographer decides to go to the battlefields of Verdun. He is struck by the idea that the past can lock up an individual but also an entire people. Soothed by the photographic work that he is doing in several countries in Europe on “sensitive or historical” sites, Julien Sunyé feels that he is in the right place to lead his reflection. Each new photographic session helps him overcome his depression a little more until he finally manages to recover in September 2018.
About Julien Sunyé: Self-taught photographer, Julien Sunyé uses photography since childhood as a collection of the best moments to share. From this idea is born an unflinching passion for photography that will never leave and will continue to grow. Franco-Dutch (French by his father and Dutch by his mother), he found his inspirations in the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Dutch painters, including landscape paintings of the 16th and 17th.
Together in Pleasure and Lightness | Collective les Arts des Âmes
Evelyne Toromanian, Sophie Fievet, Gaëlle Lebras, Odile Peineau
To be oneself integrally … to express it as an offering to the world, by the words, the sounds, the unique coloration of our united beings … to create this link that brings us together, to each other, in the pleasure and the lightness, of be together. I am because we are. The individual and the collective form only one.
Maatïani, (Evelyne Toromanian), invites you to the exhibition Together in Pleasure and Lightness which will take place on March 23 – 24, 2019, with the participation and presence of Artists and Messengers Sophie Fievet, Gaelle Lebras, Odile Peineau and Maatani.
Join us to take a step together in pleasure and lightness.
Accompaniment of Artists who go on stage and dare the first step of exposure
Since 2018, after meeting many artists who were afraid to highlight their art and confront the returns of the public, Evelyne Toromanian initiated and created the collective Les Arts des Âmes. She has developed a mentoring for artists that allows them to clarify their message, to introduce themselves, to be in intimate contact with their art and connect with the public. Very practical and subtle questions are discussed such as how to set prices, how to communicate as an artist, how to handle criticism, what other channels to sell his art other than exhibition spaces … all the while discovering a unique and singular way which sticks to the skin of the emerging artist. A first on stage or a first exhibition is prepared. There is a time when this is the right moment, where the artist is confident enough to dare to give birth, to give birth to his message and to transmit it, to assert himself in his posture as an artist.
Beltimentas | Photographs by Lucio Aru & Franco Erre and Theatrical Performance The Dress of Memories
During Fashion Week 2019, Paris will be the first stage of the photographic project Beltimentas, which offers a new point of view on Sardinian identity heritage linked to clothing and traditional costume. After the French capital the initiative lands in Moscow and in Doha.
Paris Fashion Week is one of the most important and awaited events in the world. This year, during the great event, scheduled from 25 February to 5 March, the French capital will be a showcase of excellence for a piece of Sardinia. The Studio Galerie B&B, specialized in photographic exhibitions, from 1 to 3 March, will host Beltimentas (in Sardinian “clothes”), a creative format that proposes a new outlook towards Sardinian identity heritage linked to clothing and custom.
The initiative is conceived and organized by Compagnia B of Cagliari (Sardinia – Italy), with the curatorship of Micaela Deiana, and realized thanks to the economic contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Regional Operational Program – POR – European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020).
Studio Galerie B&B will be home to a photographic exhibition and a short theatrical performance that will proposes a contemporary use of tradition in a perspective that intertwines art, craftsmanship, design and ethno-anthropologic tradition. It employs the experimental languages of art, theatre and photography to valorize the ethno-anthropologic characters that animate Sardinian cultural production.
After Paris, Beltimentas will be exhibited in the Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow (from 30 March to 1 April) and in Doha, Qatar, on 4 and 5 April, with the aim of giving particular visibility to Made in Sardinia products on the occasion of events that recall a public particularly sensitive to the interconnections between culture, fashion and design.
The photographic exhibition bears the signature of two international photographers, Lucio Aru & Franco Erre, who, after working experiences in Bologna and Milan, moved to Berlin in 2013, where they still live and produce, moving from portraiture to fashion, mixing their respective backgrounds.
The photographic images are accompanied by a theatrical performance, The Dress of Memories, directed by Alice Capitanio in which the costumes, social roles, daily and family life emerge through the roles of traditional dress. At the end of the performance, the audience will be able to interact with the costumes, touch them, smell them and wear them in order to create an emotional and sensory involvement of the spectator.
“In Sardinian culture, traditional dress acquired the value of standing enclosing the signs of history and the daily life of every individual in its weaving. Every piece of clothing was like a snapshot of the life of its wearer. Some signs, occasionally mysterious, can be relived in modern-day communication in the world of fashion, where wearing traditional dress has become a means of talking about oneself through true and real differentiated cultural symbols.
Still today there is a long thread that unites every part of our body. A woven thread that welcomes and covers. It holds the body of the new-born baby, its growth into adulthood and it accompanies him to his death. To be dressed, dressed up means being in contact with other people, dressing up is status and even more, it is an expression of non-verbal communication, an expression of the human need for empathy, to be looked at, listened to, understood, even by a total stranger we might meet out and about.
A woven thread united the communities around ancient Sardinia and it is the same thread that unites people today, wrapped in their need to feel less lonely.” (Alice Capitanio – Artistic Director of Beltimentas project)
Sardinia and the ancient traditional clothes
Sardinia is a land rich in history and traditions. In addition to its natural beauties, which make it famous all over the world, it has many folkloric aspects with roots far back in the centuries. One of the most typical elements is certainly the variety of local dress, different from country to country. Sardinian costumes, whose colors and designs have been handed down almost unaltered for at least 500 years, are particularly elaborate and colorful: rich and bright colors for women, more severe for men. The ancient tradition of dress and traditional clothes in Sardinia continues to fascinate both for the historical relief of the creations, both for the originality and variety of the ways of dressing.
The dresses of the island are very different from each other, practically each of the 370 municipalities of the island preserves historical memory and defends them with pride, because the ancient way of dressing hides the identity of each country, is the living testimony of its culture and the way to understand fun, work, pain. The dress, in the past, emphasized the different moments of the cycle of life: simple in everyday life, gorgeous in the days of the party, sober and composed in moments of mourning. Today almost no one wears the ancient customs anymore in everyday life, only some elderly people in the most central towns of Sardinia.
Artistic direction, ideation and production
Compagnia B was created in 2004 by Alice Capitanio and Luca Sorrentino. It is a workgroup that is open to the most diverse art forms and works in a perspective of absolute contamination between codes of expression. It organises workshops, sensory performances, shows and cultural events with an experimental element, in which the arts encounter social innovation.
Micaela Deiana is a project manager in the field of contemporary arts. She works as a curator of events and art exhibitions, developing projects for public and private bodies. She’s a social media strategist for cultural initiatives. She collaborates with sector magazines (Flash art, Giornale dell’arte) and writes for the Culture & Entertainment page of the Unione Sarda journal.