European Prospects
Exploring European Identity through Photography
These eight exhibitions are being held simultaneously in the city centre. The works by Bruce Gilden, Michael Wolf, Jim Naughten, Martina Bacigalupo, Claudia Huidobro, and Editions Filigranes will be exhibited in the galleries of the Centre Culturel Valery-Larbaud, which was built at the beginning of the last century. On the Esplanade de l’Allier, passers-by will be able to admire some sixty portraits of celebrities and fashion models made by Jeanloup Sieff in five decades, while on show on the Place Saint-Louis will be Cédric Delsaux’s pedestal portraits of citizens of Vichy, the fruit of his invitations to the people seen here.

Portrait(s)

Festivals | 13 June 2014 - 31 August 2014

This year, Portrait(s) brings together eight photographers: Jeanloup Sieff, who passed away in 2000, leaving behind a substantial gallery of portraits of celebrities he had photographed throughout his career; Bruce Gilden, running into people on the streets of New York, producing visceral images that embody the frenzy of the city; Michael Wolf, capturing commuters through the windows of Tokyo metro trains, their faces trapped in the cars like fish in a tank; Jim Naughten, for his first exhibition in France, with his images of Namibian native Hereros in their display costumes, long dresses and military uniforms taken from former German colonials, in memory of their bloody past; Martina Bacigalupo, recycling the strange, faceless portraits she discovered in Uganda, in the Gulu Real Art Studio, images of people dispossessed of their own prime matter and that now, suddenly, force the viewer to imagine the faces that were cut out of them; Claudia Huidobro, falling into a rough and tumble with herself and space, making out of her statuesque body a sculptural form that pushes back at the walls; and Editions Filigranes, the publishing house, going back over the years to bring together a selection of portraits that reveal the close relationship between themselves and the many photographers whose work they have published since they opened in 1988.

This year, the City of Vichy underlines its commitment to contemporary photography also by offering, for the first time, a period of residence to a photographer. Last April, Cédric Delsaux set up a mini-stage on streets and open spaces in the city, inviting passers-by to step up on it. In the time it took him to shoot a frame, he reconceived the ties that link the people and the places where they go about their everyday lives.

These eight exhibitions are being held simultaneously in the city centre. The works by Bruce Gilden, Michael Wolf, Jim Naughten, Martina Bacigalupo, Claudia Huidobro, and Editions Filigranes will be exhibited in the galleries of the Centre Culturel Valery-Larbaud, which was built at the beginning of the last century. On the Esplanade de l’Allier, passers-by will be able to admire some sixty portraits of celebrities and fashion models made by Jeanloup Sieff in five decades, while on show on the Place Saint-Louis will be Cédric Delsaux’s pedestal portraits of citizens of Vichy, the fruit of his invitations to the people seen here.

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