10 April 2015
Back from Guyane. I’ve been very impressed by the BOBI, an authentic character of the Creole Carnival of Cayenne, South America. It’s the mythological evolution of a bear, coming straight from Europe, and its interpretation comes with a lot of fantasy. Indeed, the visual vocabulary of this elegant bobi is a mix of a bear , an elephant, or maybe a Dasypodidae (Armadillo). It’s anyway a similar figure as we can meet in Europe in our winter traditions. And in French Guiana, the symbol of the bobi may have another layer, coming from the colonial past of this French region of slavery. The BOBI, out of control, refuses the orders of his master and tries to escape. Originally, the Carnival was the exclusive right of the colonizers. Then, the slaves started their own clandestine masquerade. The BOBI is one of these funny figures which also has do to with the quest of freedom. And that’s a good point.
19 March 2015
Soon the BRETONNES on the walls. Already three shows produced and the book on its way to be delivered in time, in may. You’d be lucky enough to find the first copies available, French or English in the end of may. Until that, the four museums showing the series are working actively on this event which is for the first time a collaboration of these four institutions. Discovering the Bretonnes series in its big sizes is really an achievement. For this series, the particular aspect of these photographs, coming from the particular background, and a short dept of field, connects the whole series to the pictorialism of Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Obscura. For sure, this work used the rich iconography of Nabis painters, Breton postcards, and various archetypes from a mythological Bretagne.