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15e biennale internationale de 

photographie

10 > 31 octobre 2020

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DÉSIRÉE DOLRON

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

ANITA SCIANO

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

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MATHIEU GAfsOU

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

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MAGALI LAMBERT

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

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TOMAS DEVAUX

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

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SIMON VANSTEENWINCKEL

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

CYRIL ABAD

SALLE GAILLARD

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RICARD TERRÉ

SALLE GAILLARD

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JEAN-BAPTISE CARHAIX

CHAPELLE ANCIEN HÔPITAL

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WILLIAM POUGHEON

CHAPELLE ANCIEN HÔPITAL

CHA GONZALEZ

LA DROGUERIE

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MICHEL VASSET

CENTRE CAMILLE CLAUDEL

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JOËL DAMASE

CENTRE CAMILLE CLAUDEL

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JEAN CereZAL-CALLIZO

CENTRE CAMILLE CLAUDEL

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MAISON DES BEAUMONTOIS

NATACHA SIBELLAS

FRANÇOIS BERRUÉ

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DIDIER GUYOT

GALERIE STÉNOPÉ

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15e biennale internationale de 

photographie

10 > 31 October 2020

SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2020 EDITION

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DÉSIRÉE DOLRON

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

ANITA SCIANO

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

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MATHIEU GAfsOU

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

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MAGALI LAMBERT

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

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TOMAS DEVAUX

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

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SIMON VANSTEENWINCKEL

HÔTEL FONFREYDE

CYRIL ABAD

SALLE GAILLARD

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RICARD TERRÉ

SALLE GAILLARD

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JEAN-BAPTISE CARHAIX

CHAPELLE ANCIEN HÔPITAL

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WILLIAM POUGHEON

CHAPELLE ANCIEN HÔPITAL

CHA GONZALEZ

LA DROGUERIE

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MICHEL VASSET

CENTRE CAMILLE CLAUDEL

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JOËL DAMASE

CENTRE CAMILLE CLAUDEL

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JEAN CereZAL-CALLIZO

CENTRE CAMILLE CLAUDEL

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MAISON DES BEAUMONTOIS

NATACHA SIBELLAS

FRANÇOIS BERRUÉ

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DIDIER GUYOT

GALERIE STÉNOPÉ

CHALLENGE LA FAYETTE

LOGIDÔME

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Exaltation, Images of Religion and Death

Désirée Dolron

In the series Exaltation, Images of Religion and Death, Désirée Dolron’s project was to carry out a photographic investigation on religious rites around the world.

His work was inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work on Dances in Bali. The images of scarred bodies are reminiscent of punk culture.

This series invents a style that is a cross between plastic arts and documentary.

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©Désirée Dolron

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Hôtel Fontfreyde, photographic centre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

Hagiography

Anita Sciano

I brought together the biographies of ten saints. All of these saints were women and were killed through martyrdom. I tell the story of each saint with a single photo, using the “living painting” artistic concept. My inspiration for this theme was not simply a religious interest in these stories, but also a strong historical and artistic curiosity on how the artistic symbolism and sacred iconography spoke of these women. In different areas remote from one other, where women were excluded from social aggregation and were considered worthless both as human beings and as women, each of them carried on with their ideas in spite of the risk of death.

It is this willingness to sacrifice themselves, this resilience to pain that made me love them.

Every day, in too many countries, too many women suffer from physical, psychological, intellectual and social violence. Now we know the cruel and sordid details of these stories.

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Hôtel Fontfreyde, photographic centre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

©Anita Sciano

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Sacred

MATTHIEU GAFSOU

Hôtel Fontfreyde, photographic centre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

The photographic investigation carried out by Matthieu Gafsou on the Catholic church in Fribourg is without concession and is both subjective and a documentary at the same time. In a perpetual dichotomous movement between the deepest black and an almost dazzling white, luminous and inanimate architectural views are exhibited, which is one of the photographer’s specialties, and the figures incarnated by the Church and its liturgies shown in Caravaggio-inspired light and shade. One can’t help but feel this work through the spectre of the history of art, given how important the role of the Church was in this perspective. In his rigorously structured and polished composition, to an extent it is the grandeur of sacred art and ecclesiastic patronage that Matthieu Gafsou evokes while simultaneously dissecting a Catholic iconography that has a little too much bling and seems out of touch.

Matthieu Gafsou considers that death is omnipresent within the church: ‘The walls of the convents are crumbling and the ecclesiastic succession is not guaranteed, the lack of money is visible and the dogma is struggling to adapt to today’s society”: it is the sadness of this decadent tragedy that touched the photographer, which illustrates this end of reign very poetically. Irony springs up here and there casting a critical light on it but no-one is on trial.

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©Matthieu Gasfou

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You are a marvel

MAGALI LAMBERT

Magali Lambert is a dream-weaver who works in the daytime, an inventor of dreams that are exiled in consciousness. She sifts through jumble sales, markets, streets, forgotten drawers, keeps what we don’t, keeps what life has abandoned but time has conserved, things that could have been discarded for good but which seem to have been saved from destruction by their very insignificance. Using these raw materials, these poor, antiquated, broken or rococo items, both natural and man-made, she creates machines that kick-start the imagination, that are disturbingly familiar, almost uncomfortable because it is somewhat unsettling to encounter something in real life that only occurs in dreams.

Each photo of the ‘Eres Una Maravilla (You are a marvel)’ has dreamy and cruel overtones, and imprints itself onto our retina like the rare smuggled images that dwell when we wake, those which we contemplate slightly bitterly, because we are only left with a few pieces of the puzzle. The desire to see these inventions work constantly collides with their absence, but this frustration is counterbalanced by an astonishment of archaeologist and a curiosity rooted in our childhood.

Hôtel Fontfreyde, photographic centre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

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©Magali Lambert

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Attrition & Totems

THOMAS DEVAUX

Hôtel Fontfreyde, photographic centre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

The work of Thomas Devaux employs a ruderal plastic arts approach, in the sense that it creates shapes from waste. From his first Collages up to his more recent Reliquary, including the Attrition series – a title referring to the loss of substance due to wear and friction - the plastic artist creates his pictures from the ruins of primary images, by destructuring then reorganising complete bodies or parts of them, while keeping their trace. He sources his visual and organic materials from art exhibitions, he reappropriates the codes of this social theatre with its controlled visibility into images taking inspiration from religious art.

Thomas Devaux is resolutely atheist but his work approaches this iconography as a repertoire of ‘vestigial’ forms, to use Jean-Luc Nancy’s term, the final remains of a world that is grieving its transcendence. Taking their place in a trivial economy, they materialise figures that are as carnal as they are airy, and whose fetishist aspects raise new questions on the plasticity of desire and its relationship to art.

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Dominance

SIMON VANSTEENWINCKEL

Hôtel Fontfreyde, photographic centre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

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©Simon Vansteenwinckel

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The DOMINANCE series confronts the Christian religious iconology with the aesthetics of Fetish / BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sado-Masochism) by creating visual links that highlight their many similarities: the quest for the sacred, the creation of rituals and codes, the instrumentalisation of pain and suffering.

Both worlds use the same principles whereas in common spirit  one is considered to be harmful and the other redeeming.

In the end, DOMINANCE becomes an attempt to demonstrate the importance of the point of view, in the true sense of the term, and finally focusses on a certain form of empathy while reminding us that our vision is intimately tied into the culture in which we are immersed.

In God we trust

CYRIL ABAD

Salle Gaillard, 2 rue Saint-Pierre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

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©Cyril Abad

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Since he retired from his job as a Virginia state government employee, Bill Malbon, who had already been already ordained since 1992, had the great idea in 2005 of building the first mobile church in the United States. The design of the 30 sq. metre church is based on a traditional rural church with gothic windows and a real bell tower. The church can hold up to 25 people and has pews. Bill Malbon travels around the towns and countryside of Virginia with his little chapel offering unusual and original marriages for a small price. He even travelled further east in the US. The church has a bell tower but doesn’t have any signs of belonging to a particular religious denomination; it is a non-denominational church that authorises marriages of all religious confessions, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Orthodox, Muslim…

 
 

Photographs

RICARD TERRÉ

Salle Gaillard, 2 rue Saint-Pierre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

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©Ricard Terre

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Ricard Terré, born in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona) in 1928, died on 29th October 2009 in Vigo, is a Spanish photographer who is famous for his photographs of Catholic processions. After studying at the School of Economi cs of Ciudad Condal (Barcelona), he joined the art world as a painter and cartoonist and didn’t begin photography until 1955, after meeting the members of the Catalonia Photographic Society.

In 1960, he abandoned photography. After a long break, in 1982 he resumed his photographic work and took part in several individual and collective exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.

 

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Sacrilegious paramentique

JEAN-BAPTISTE CARHAIX

Chapelle de l'Hôpital général, rue Sainte-Rose

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

You must be crazy to dress like that! The ‘paramentique’ is the term used to describe the set of garments used to dress the officials of the Catholic and Orthodox god for the ceremonies and also those used to decorate the altars. These garments are made from fine fabrics embroidered with silver or gold, sometimes with coloured threads. The liturgical vestments are extravagant and most often luxurious, less so since Vatican II, without including the accessories made from precious metals used to celebrate mass: chalices, monstrances, reliquaries, crosses... The priesthood takes pleasure in parading before the humble believers that need to be mesmerised. In my opinion, there is nothing virile about these ample chasubles and other capes. So I decided to render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and I started to dress women and young girls in chasubles and sumptuous capes to photograph them in saintly or mystical poses as they are shown in baroque iconography: the ‘paramentique’ is sewn and embroidered for them! It heightens their beauty whereas it makes the priests look ridiculous!

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Abandon

CHA GONZALEZ

La Droguerie, 42 rue du Port

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

©Cha Gonzalez

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Abandon explores the phenomenon of parties and their role in the psychology of those taking part. The age we live in is marked by the breaking down of the family unit – for many individuals, the feeling of belonging now occurs in terms of culture and ideologies rather than from blood ties, and the weekends are filled with new masses that bring together their faithful followers seeking to surpass themselves and enjoy transcending experiences, or simply social representation
- which is sometimes used to fill a feeling of dissatisfaction, of sexual frustration, of solitude or more simply a lack of meaning.

The duality that lies as much in the motivation to live out these experiences as that what each individual gets from them, confers on this project a complex and sometimes contradictory nature.

 

©Michel Vasset

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The pilgrimage of Sainte Elidie

MICHEL VASSET

Centre Camille Claudel, 3 rue du Maréchal-Joffre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

There are some photos that look at you. Those of Michel Vasset, amongst others, even when the subject chosen, the pilgrimage of Sainte Elidie at Saint-Alyre d'Arlanc, is of little or no concern to us.

That which could remain merely an anecdote, folklore or simply described as sanctimonious springs to life and becomes vital. What is the reason?

This special day was photographed over the period of 1976 to 1987; twelve years of images that blend, merge, interweave to create a result that is as real as it is imaginary.

Something that is waiting for you and is holding out its hand.

The instant becomes a moment, a duration, time that is unfolded, and no longer dust swept away by the wind.

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Centre Camille Claudel, 3 rue du Maréchal-Joffre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

©Joël Damase

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I admit that I no longer bother counting (and for quite some time now) how long I have worked in advertising, publishing, journalism, industry and tourism.

However, there is one experience which stands out among my souvenirs. The proposal I received from the Editions du Cerf publishers, by Nicolas-Jean Sèd who opened up to me the endless field of Christian spiritualities and led me to discover the demanding paths of Russian Orthodox liturgy leading to bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, who is today the metropolitan bishop of Volokolamsk, and president of the Department of External Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow.

When I carried out my work in 2003, he was the bishop of Vienna and Austria and was directing the renovation work on the Russian Orthodox cathedral of Vienna, especially overseeing the murals. It was on the occasion of Orthodox Easter that I was given the distinct honour of fulfilling this project under the protection of bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, in the sacred privacy of the clergy.

JOËL DAMASE

The splendours of the Russian Orthodox mystery

 

Alma dei

JEAN CEREZAL-CALLIZO

Centre Camille Claudel, 3 rue du Maréchal-Joffre

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

Everything has its opposite and life, as a whole, is governed by this dialectic, based on a relationship that is more or less balanced and unstable between those who form it.

When we look at ourselves in a mirror, the image we see is a reverse one. Metaphorically we speak of the other side of the mirror via the reflection in it, as the existence of another aspect of things.
The project was to confound the icon of Christ crucified with his image. ‘Everything we say, think and do is simply a projection of ourselves’.

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©Jean Cerezal-Callizot

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Maison des Beaumontois, 21 rue René Brut, Beaumont

Monday to Friday, 9 am to 7 pm

Saturday 10 am to midday

NATACHA SIBELLAS & FRANÇOIS BERRUÉ

What if heaven was empty

Whether you are a believer or not, be it in France or in Latin America, whether you belong to a religious community or not, places of worship such as churches, cathedrals, etc., often fascinate us because of their architecture, paintings , sculptures, murals,

triptychs, diptychs and objects of piety.

Everything that they are made up of points to the sacredness of the site.

As profane as we may be, during our trips to South America, we tried to capture the atmosphere of these places steeped in mystery, as mystery attracts the profane as much as the believer. The fascination is present, with their doors wide open we enter these buildings, looking from floor to ceiling and wanting to discover and understand.

Why is there so much devotion, why is there this dictate of faith, why does it represent such an immense reserve of energy, or even an endless source of life?

A thousand such questions confront laymen such as ourselves on these paths of belief and to which we do not have the answers. All of these sanctimonious excesses inspire us to share these photos for the ‘eternal joy’ of those who contemplate them.

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©Natacha Sibellas

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Chapelle de l'Hôpital général, rue Sainte-Rose

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

WILLIAM POUGHEON

Profane devotions

This project is based around the transcription of mental images that were pre-determined and carefully shaped into elaborate scenes, long before the photos were actually taken.

Each one is crafted as a stand-alone work, as a self-contained unit, rather than as part of a developed series.

The photographs of William Pougheon shape a phantasmagorical universe whose overall coherency, other than its

pronounced aesthetics, is rich with symbolic matches. 

From Fauns as goddesses, from fallen angels as mythological figures, Profane devotions lays before us its collection of objects of idolatry.

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©William Pougheon

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And if they were among us

DIDIER GUYOT

Galerie Sténopé, 5 rue de la Treille

Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

In this series of portraits, especially selected for the Nicéphore+ biennale, the artist offers former disciples the portraits of familiar and unfamiliar citizens, people he saw or met and shows them perhaps as they could have been, if these apostles were among us today.

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©Didier Gutot

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"Challenge La Fayette"
or the reinvention of a work of art

ÉLÈVES DU LYCÉE LA FAYETTE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8-15 am to 12-15 and 1 pm to 4 pm /  Thursday 8-15 to 12-15

This cultutal mediation proigramme sees the second participation of Lycée La Fayette of Clermont‐Ferrand. 

Based on the principles of the Getty Museum challenge in Los Angeles, launched in social media in March 2020, the students of

Bac Pro in Lycée La Fayette were invited to recreate a pious image using the medium of photography.

This year, the work of the final year students will be exhibited on the fences around Logidôme ,displaying their talents as upcoming photographers.

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The exhibition venues of the festival

Hôtel Fontfreyde, centre photographique
31 rue des Gras, Clermont-Ferrand

Du mardi au dimanche de 14h à 19h
Accès et stationnements :
Tram ligne A (arrêt Jaude ou Gaillard).
Bus : lignes B, 6, 9 et 10 (arrêt Blatin),
lignes 5 et 32 (arrêt Gaillard).
Parking Jaude et Saint-Pierre.

Chapelle de l’ancien Hôpital général
rue Sainte-Rose, Clermont-Ferrand

Du mardi au dimanche de 14h à 19h
Accès et stationnements :
Tram ligne A (arrêt Gaillard).
Bus : lignes 5 et 32 (arrêt Gaillard).
Parking Saint-Pierre et place de la Liberté.

Logidôme
16, rue Buffon, Clermont-Ferrand

lundi, mardi, mercredi, vendredi de 8h15 à 12h15 et de 13h à 16h /  jeudi de 8h15 à 12h15
Accès et stationnements :
Tram ligne A (Arrêt Delille Montlosier)
Parking cathedrale

Maison des Beaumontois
21, rue René-Brut, Beaumont

Du lundi au vendredi de 9h à 19h

Samedi de 10h à 12h
Accès et stationnements :
Bus : lignes 8 12 et 27
(arrêt Mairie de Beaumont).
Parkings à proximité.

Salle Gaillard
2, rue Saint-Pierre, Clermont-Ferrand

Du mardi au dimanche de 14h à 19h
Accès et stationnements :
Tram ligne A (arrêt Gaillard).

Bus : lignes 5 et 32 (arrêt Gaillard).

Parking Saint-Pierre.

Centre Camille-Claudel
3, rue Maréchal-Joffre, Clermont-Ferrand

Du mardi au dimanche de 14h à 19h
Accès et stationnements :
BHNS B (arrêt Ballainvilliers).
Bus : lignes 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 et 13 (arrêt Ballainvilliers).

Parking Blaise-Pascal.

La Droguerie
42, rue du Port, Clermont-Ferrand

Du mardi au dimanche de 14h à 19h
Accès et stationnements :
Tram ligne A (Arrêt Delille Montlosier)
Parking cathedrale

Galerie Sténopé (Direction)
5, rue de la Treille, Clermont-Ferrand

Du mardi au dimanche de 14h à 19h
Accès et stationnements :
Tram ligne A (Arrêt Delille Montlosier)
Parking cathedrale