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Arles 2019 : Annabel Aoun Blanco

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Since Musée Réattu founded its photography department in 1965, as a museum of fine arts it has continually engaged in recognising photography as a major art form in its own right on a par with painting and sculpture. What these mediums have in common are a creator, who transcends the technique, and the status of the image, raised to the rank of work of art. All photographers in the museum collection or those that have featured in exhibitions have contributed to this activist approach. The museum has supported and welcomed many artists whose visual research suited this museum, the former house of the late 18th century painter, Jacques Réattu, winner of the Grand Prix de Rome. A major part of the collection is therefore dedicated to these so-called plastic artists who use the medium of photography in unusual forms, exploring the mystery surrounding the emergence of images. There are for example Pierre Cordier’s chemigrams, Nancy Wilson-Pajic’s cyanotypes, Yves Trémorin’s electronograms and Katerina Jebb’s scans. Annabel Aoun Blanco’s work nestles between the approach of a ‘traditional’ photographer and a visual artist […]

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