Still from the movie Colony, exhibited in Land of Dreams
Still from the movie Colony, exhibited in Land of Dreams

The portraits of Martine Franck and Night by Marie Bovo in Paris

Inaugurated on February 25th, the Cartier Bresson Foundation hosts until the 17th of May exhibitions of Martine franck e Marie Bovo, both curated by artistic director Agnès Sire, who worked with Franck before his death in 2012.

Prior to the current exhibition, the Foundation had exhibited a wide collection with the most emblematic series of the Belgian photographer wandering through her landscape records, photoreports and portraits, the latter being the focus now, “a portrait is always a renewed encounter” Franck would say, who didn't work in the studio. She was interested in knowing why a certain thing bothered or attracted her, not “creating a situation”. Franck's rise came with her return to Paris in 1964, when she became an assistant photographer for TIME/LIFE; in life she was one of the founding members of Agência Viva and one of the few women to join Magnum in its early days. According to the Foundation, “these face-to-face portraits discreetly record her place in time and distill the delicate aesthetic of an attentive and penetrating gaze.”

Spanish visual artist Marie Bovo brings the series Night, which includes an unprecedented selection of images taken in Marseille and Africa during twilight. “Night photography involves long periods of exposure, and one of the effects of a long exposure is that, along with light, time becomes part of the equation”, precisely to emphasize this element, the photos are presented in series. Just like at night, it is common for Bovo to work in people's homes, without being intrusive, “on the threshold of intimacy”.

land of dreams, In London

Until March 28, New York-based Iranian artist Shirin Neshat presents her first London solo exhibition in twenty years at the Goodman Gallery. land of dreams encompasses two video installations by Neshat and includes portraits taken across New Mexico where the artist went door-to-door offering $20 so she could capture the image of residents. Its locus was chosen because New Mexico – in addition to being one of the poorest states in the country – contains a diverse population that encompasses both white Americans and Hispanics, African Americans and descendants of immigrants and Native Americans.

In a fictional narrative, art student Simin follows the same path as her creator, taking photos and interviewing subjects about their dreams, for Neshat, on the portal Artnet “dreams are very similar, regardless of where you come from, our nightmares and anxieties are similar. They are fears about aging, about death, war and displacement.”

The shift in her gaze to her adopted home is significant in Neshat's trajectory, marked by the nuanced observation of her homeland, raising questions about the way Iran underwent ideological transformations in such a short time: having grown up in Iran, The artist witnessed the rise of radicalism in the years following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. In the narrative created by Neshat, the artist's highly stylized black-and-white films follow a young Iranian art student, Simin, as she travels across the US taking portraits. and asking subjects about their dreams.

Policies of desire: for all, all, in Buenos Aires

Detail of Elena Blasco's work, “Apocryphal Boceto on La Libertad by Lola Mora”, 2016
Detail of Elena Blasco's work, “Apocryphal Boceto on La Libertad by Lola Mora”, 2016

As part of the celebrations for International Women's Day, on March 5th the Kirchner Cultural Center opens Policies of desire: for all, all, a group exhibition that brings together works by around 250 contemporary artists from all over Argentina. The exhibition covers 3 floors of the Cultural Center and is divided into the sections “We are the daughters”, “Bodily sovereignty”, “Ethics in care” and “Rematriado” covering the socio-political issues that generate feminist demands related to the work environment, violence against women, gender equality, health, sexuality or motherhood, discussing the practices that relegated women to a “supporting” role. Even with works created from different media – between painting, sculpture, installation and performing arts – the show, curated by professor and writer Kekena Corvalán, its diverse and heterogeneous character does not subjugate the conceptual coherence and dialogue necessary for a collective of this size. .

See also Maureen Bisilliat at IMS Paulista on this link.

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