La Collection de la MEP - Aquisitions et Donations Récente

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KAWA=FLOW#1529, 2008 © Masao Yamamoto Collection MEP. Don de l’artiste.
La Collection de la MEP - Aquisitions et Donations Récente

5/7 rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
June 24th, 2009 - August 30th, 2009

4th Arrondissement
+33 (0)
Wed-Sun 11-8; tickets on sale until 7:30pm
photography, video-art

Begun in the 80s, the collection of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie now has nearly 20 000 works. Collection of authors, representative of the international establishment from 1950 to today, it covers all photographic practice, and has opened recently in video art. Structured around major historical, this collection was constantly enriched over the years, at the exhibitions held at the MEP, or through purchases, donations or deposits.
The works are selected annually by a committee composed of acquisition of eminent personalities. External partners, such as Neuflize Life Foundation and the Association of Friends of the MEP, also participate significantly to the enrichment of the collection.
With this presentation of a limited selection of works recently acquired the Maison Européenne de la Photographie wishes to share its commitment to public art and its beating heart.

Mohamed Bourouissa
Born in 1978 in Blida (Algeria), lives in Paris
A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Mohamed Bourouissa chose for decoration of his photographs a world that is familiar: the suburb and its inhabitants. It identifies, during his stroll, dead, lobbies of buildings, parking lots and other "no man's land" of the neighborhoods of La Courneuve, de Pantin Argenteuil or to provide a framework for staged carefully developed to 'using sketches and notes. The models, young people met in the course of these locations, take the pose, play a role, or even participate in the adventure, as the company goes beyond shooting to become a true community event. Mohamed Bourouissa reappropriates subjects tainted by the media and usually reserved for reportage photography.

Marie Bovo
Born in 1967 in Alicante (Spain), lives in Marseille
The work is inspired by Marie Bovo Book V of Dante's Inferno, which deals with the burning passion and destructive couple of Paolo and Francesca. A female voice sings the text in Arabic, to remind one of the sources of the Divine Comedy is a narrative Islamic anonymous, the Book of the scale of Muhammad.
The installation is part of a series she produced with Kadhim Jihad, poet, literary critic and translator into Arabic of Dante, Rimbaud and Rilke. During this collaborative work, Marie Bovo has proven unable to achieve a perfect translation: the translation fails to restore the integrity of a text or a speech: "words, emotions do not from one language to another, remain suspended between the two ... "
If the literal meaning of the text beyond those of us who do not understand Arabic, but the pain emanating from the poem of Dante, we feel, physically. By the image and the voice, Marie Bovo, transcending language, its installation is a language in itself.

Christoph Draeger
Born in 1965 in Zurich, lives in New York
The role, impact, and the authenticity of the images are essential issues in the work of Christoph Draeger. His favorite topic is the disaster. It collects images, works, assemble, making videos or performances, confronting the viewer with clichés broadcast by the media.
In the series "The most beautiful disasters in the world," Christoph Draeger transforms photographs press giant puzzle. The principle of the puzzle, generally support a conventional imaging-idyllic landscapes or works of art, here is diverted to serve terrifying images, we usually eat a fugitive. In this series, the paradox of the successful match, but totally unusual, between the support and the image is disturbing. Christoph Draeger played with real and fictitious and manipulates our perception and our imagination and our collective memory.

Rob Hornstra
Born in 1975 in Borne (Netherlands), lives in Utrecht
When asked his profession, Rob Hornstra said that it was not but a documentary photographer. It designs its projects alone, from production to final completion of a book self-publishing. This is the book that, in fact, is his project, he controls throughout. "There is therefore no articles or biographies about me, written by so-called conservatives," he says.
His book 101 Billionaires (Rob Hornstra, 2008) is a journey through post-communist Russia, countries in transition, but where the remains of "old world" are still very present. Fascinated by the "Russian soul", with empathy but without concession, Rob Hornstra we depict the daily life of Russian people and its immediate environment. Each image represents a contribution to his account, but also acquires its autonomy as an archetype of being lost slowly.
Rob Hornstra is the creator of the site, entirely devoted to the promotion and dissemination of documentary photography.

Saul Leiter
Born in 1923 in Pittsburgh, lives in New York
This work has long remained confidential. Edward Steichen, then in charge of photography at MoMA, however, had noticed and included in an exhibition in 1953. First painter, Saul Leiter made these photographic works for pleasure and necessity of pure creation. They were, essentially, remained in the archives of the photographer, in the form of slides. The career of Saul Leiter then oriented fashion and its success in this area (it was published in major magazines), has long overshadowed the more personal part of his work, he did indeed nothing to promote.
The work of Saul Leiter has contributed to the emergence of a school of color in the United States, who know its heyday in the 1970s, with William Eggleston, Stephen Shore and Joel Meyerowitz.

Marion Tampon-Lajariette
Born in 1982 in Paris, lives and works in Paris and Geneva (Switzerland).
This young French artist explores the remarkable works of art cinema and the ways in which these images are transforming our relationship to reality. In this work, it draws a scene from La Corda d'Alfred Hitchcock - technical tour de force to give the viewer the impression that it is a single sequence plan - including the Departure film is the movement of the camera.
It deals with the movement of a sequence of film as a choreography. But she also plays with the figurative meaning of the word "travel". It does not reconstitute the scenery or the staging of the film, but carries the movement to a pure image and unreal: the extent of an ocean of synthesis, instead of living a bourgeois apartment. Thus, we deal with the abstraction of this movement, isolated away from its referent narrative, projected in a pristine environment. The soundtrack takes us also to this elsewhere, this fictional place, a place where sounds of footsteps, creaking door or floor, extracts from dialogues and fragments of music from the rope.

Masao Yamamoto
Born in 1957 in Gamagori-City (Japan), lives in Yokohama
Painter originally Masao Yamamoto made so far, so intuitive, complex facilities-based multiple pictures of small formats. In its new series intiluée "KAWA = FLOW ', its images have their autonomy. Masao Yamamoto contemple nature: the sky, birds, minerals, flowers. "As I observe the clouds, I realize that I see beyond the clouds. I fixed the clouds, but my mind is absorbed by something else, "he says.
The word "KAWA" means runoff water flowing from the mountain. It is also the mare who, at the top of the mountain, beyond small currents that come together and form rivers. KAWA are many: it is sometimes a swift current, sometimes a tranquil flow of water almost dormant.
The work of Masao Yamamoto is inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Zen, or meditation and the pursuit of beauty play an essential role in the development of human beings. "An ideal life should be made of harmony and contentment," he says.
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