From September 2013 to July 2014, the photographer Pierre-Elie de Pibrac spent his days with the ballet company of the ‘Opéra National de Paris’, for an entire season, a historical and pivotal one, since it marked the departure of both Nicolas Le Riche (star ballet dancer) and dance director Brigitte Lefèvre, who passed the reigns to Benjamin Millepied. During these major events, the photographer was able to blend into the background, emerging with three series of photographs.
This abstract pictorial series, Catharsis, is the product of research into the “translation” of the energy of the dancers and its diffusion into the surrounding space. The power that characterizes the ballet is given to the viewer in a new and transcendental form.
The exhibition will be on display at the Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière through November 23rd, 2014.
EXHIBITION In situ - Dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris Photographs by Pierre-Elie de Pibrac October 10th - November 23rd 2014 Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière
Brooklyn-based artist Elana Adler uses the traditional craft of an embroidery sampler to outline the crude things said to her by street harassers. The series is titled You Are My Duchess, and features small, decorative pieces of needlework (which historically feature bible stories or other imagery) that say some negative, disgusting things. Adler stores each saying in an elaborate frame, and writes in her artist statement:
This series of thirty-two (plus) samplers is intended to be provocative and evoke emotion. It is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of my personal experience. Each captures a moment, giving these words a visual presence, a power, and a state of concreteness. These words were hurled casually and heard quickly but required hours of time-consuming, careful stitching. The physically delicate, traditionally feminine, form of the piece engages the viewer and confronts him/ her with a sweetness that may mask its crassness and vulgarity.