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2015 STAY WILD

How busy 2014 was!

In 2015, will come out the “BRETONNES” book with Actes Sud in French, and Thames & Hudson in English (“Portraits in Lace, Breton women”), simultaneously with the four Bretonnes shows in Bretagne. This series provides a different way to deal with the background and the historic iconography attached to the subject. “Bretonnes” deals with folklorism in this part of France (which is very much alive), and on a broader perspective is focused on the iconic representation of women in the early 20th century. About the other gender, WILDER MANN will be still shown in Italy and France, including a selection of new pictures made this year in England, Ireland and Italy.
And I’m going on with two photographic series in the East (Japan) and in the West (more soon) where Wildness and theatricality still hold a big part in the stories.

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There are still some WILDER MANN around…

There are still some WILDER MANN around… and I keep meeting them. These are some great moments of joy. This is the making off from the meeting with the Bear of the Comune di Jelsi.
This year, I’ve worked in England, Ireland, Italy. I’ll meet more groups in 2015, a bit further…

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“Stealing Beauty” in Sunday Telegraph

“Stealing Beauty”, my last fashion series published in the Sunday Telegraph, London. Stylist: Daniela Agnelli, Make-up: Regina Törnwall – Make Up Artist Models: @Alexandra Rudakova and Camille Dugast , Silent Models New York. Photographed at the hotel regina paris
White gold necklace with opal, tourmaline, sapphire and diamonds, Emeraude en Majesté necklace in white gold and platinum with round, square-cut, baguette-cut, half-moon-cut and pear-shaped diamonds, and round, oval-cut and emerald-cut emeralds…

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ASAFO!!!

he ASAFO photographic series is now online. It was made this year in Togo, west Africa, with this traditional group of mercenary men, celebrating their voodoo ritual. In this very theatrical series, each member of this society is performing a character, like an actor. Connecting once again with the WILDER MANN series, ASAFO is the fourth series of Charles Fréger made in Africa, after HEREROS and HIMBAS (Namibia), UMWANA (Rwanda) and OUTREMER (Djibouti)
This series will be exhibited at Paris Photo fair from Nov 12 to 17, at the Grand Palais, with Kicken Berlin gallery (c23).

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Fashion series with Modern Weekly China

You may like to see this fashion series made for Modern Weekly, in China, with the stylist Nicke Bildstein Zaar . The series contains a selection of fashion characters dressed in Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Lacoste, Christophe Lemaire, AIGLE, Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Hermès… A combination inspired by the wildness of the Wilder Mann series.
The accumulation of layers and materials (fur, latex, wool, leather…), bringing us back to the invention of writing and surviving in the cavern of our prehistorian time… Models: Pierre-adrien Dracon, Simon Roberts, Tomasso (Tomorrow Is Another Day).

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Opening of the fondation Vuitton

Opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The catalogue titled “The fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry” came out with several portraits of workers I made in the context of the construction in 2012 and 2013. A modest and tiny brick in this massive project…

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Hanging a bear in a church

Tomorrow will open my show at the Chapelle des Calvairiennes, in Mayenne, France. The dynamism of the art center and the beautiful space they offer really motivated me to show Wilder Mann there. Then, of course, there’s always the PAGAN/CHRISTIAN dialectic popping up. It’s pretty hard to escape this, some much that some of the wild figures almost look like saints there.

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ROCK N’ ROLL BEAR

Wilder Mann is shown in Chambery, at the Espace Malraux, located very near the Alpes mountains. An excellent context to try a different way to show the series, connected to some short texts directly written on the walls. Showing in the context of a “scene nationale” brings me back to some reflexion around the experimentation of the performance in my work, and I appreciate the complementarity of my photographic research to different artists, musicians, designers, writers… This time, I worked with Arnaud Jarsaillon, graphic designer, who wrote on the wall of my show some extracts of two texts around the series. Rock’n roll bear!

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