AGNÈS B.: ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE 2017 EDITION
For its eighth edition, the Planche(s) Contact Festival of Deauville invites for the first time a cultural personality who loves and practices photography in parallel to her own career. The festival invites her to exhibit her photographs and to choose two of the eight public commissions of the festival.

Territory Series ©Emma CHARRIN
Balnearios Series © Céline VILLEGAS

agnès b, stylist and fashion designer, has built up an important collection of contemporary art, a whole section of which is devoted to photography. As a gallery owner, she inaugurated, in November 1984, La galerie du jour agnès b, which gives a large place to photography, before opening a second space a few years later in Tokyo.

AGNÈS B.'S DEAUVILLE, EXHIBITED AT LA CHATONNIÈRE:
Invited to Deauville in September 2012 for a Carte blanche at the 2012 American Film Festival agnès b. presented seven of her favorite American films there. During this immersion in Deauville, she was inspired to reinvent and design a new "Deauville" sailor's jacket using the five colors of the Deauville parasols (yellow, orange, red, green, blue) in alternating stripes. This marinière was made during the summer of 2015 in collaboration with Armor Lux.
In 2017, she returned to Deauville as associate artistic director of the Planche(s) Contact Festival and exhibited her photographs of Deauville, taken over the past ten years, with her Visions de Deauville series at La Chatonnière (an exhibition space set up in a 1920s house).

AGNÈS B. PRESENTS TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE POINT OF VIEW :

EMMA CHARRIN
For several years, Emma Charrin's photographic practice has been characterized by a fascination for the spectacle. This desire for theater, simulacra, and playfulness first took the form of narrative and cinematographic stagings in her early work, and then gradually narrowed down to a research on the notion of décor and the narrative potential that it induces. Inspired by the history and imagery of Deauville, and in the continuity of her previous works, Emma Charrin questions the irruption of fiction in reality through our relationship to space.

CÉLINE VILLEGAS
Céline Villegas is a French-Chilean photographer born in Lyon in 1981 and graduated in political science. Self-taught, she lives and works in Paris and dedicates herself to photography since 2013. She poses a singular look on reality and works in particular on portraits of territories in connection with the seaside. She cuts out in these urban environments scenes imbued with poetry, fragments of abandoned bodies, relying most often on the contrast of colors to arouse the imagination.


Residency dates: Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 23 and Monday, July 17 through Sunday, July 23, 2017.

 

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