Anne Clergue Galerie presents a new set of 30 photos from the 1950s taken by Jacques Léonard (1909-1994). He fell in love with a beautiful gypsy, Rosario Amaya, followed her to Barcelona in 1952, married her. He left the world of cinema (he worked with Abel Gance) and became the French photographer of the 50s of the gypsy community of Montjuic, the gadjo Chac.
The signed and numbered prints on baryta paper were made from the original negatives deposited in the Photographic Archives under the control of the Fundacion Photographic Social Vision which manages the Archivo Familia Jacques Léonard in Barcelona.
These archives are the most important preserved on gypsies and their culture in Barcelona, going from 1952 until the middle of the 70s. Jacques Léonard is a witness of the life of the gypsy people from a historical and contemporary point of view by transmitting a image of absolute dignity, a real work of ethnologist.
The work of Jacques Léonard fits into the parameters of humanist photography so fashionable in the middle of the 20th century while representing the added value of showing a Barcelona that recognized authors did not grasp.
The exhibition is accompanied by the works of the sculptor Marc Nucera to whom the Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire devotes a large exhibition, the gypsies of Arles by Vanessa Gilles, Cuba seen by Lorenzo Castore and vintages and Polaroids by Lucien Clergue. A colorful offer full of surprises with the screening of art films during the summer.
The summer of 2020 was full of promise. Some programs have disappeared, many projects are emerging today in Arles, “the culture-city-flagship-of-the-South”!
The Arles Contemporain network offers a rich and varied program from June 26 to the end of September, combining galleries and institutions with open-air screenings, artist residences and performances throughout the summer. Regular meetings with three highlights spread over the three summer months, the first weekend of each month. http://arles-contemporain.com
Anne Clergue Galerie located in the heart of the historic city will make its artists and gallery owners shine and give you the keys so that your summer 2020 in Arles will be unforgettable.
Jacques Léonard : Alegria
June 26-September 5, 2020
Anne Clergue Galerie
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