In Tisser sa toile, Tina Merandon approaches the mother-daughter relationship from a very original point of view. Taking advantage of an artistic residency in Brittany, she used the idea of the woven weft (sheets and tablecloths, textile objects having often been associated with domestic rituals that linked women together) to pose, behind a veil, mother and girl together.
The projected shadows are reminiscent of Plato’s cave.
There is thus an archaic dimension in this mother-daughter relationship, supported by this shadow theater which also evokes cave paintings at the limits of representation.
This is why, with this idea of an archaic image, the artist wanted to associate it with images of female statuary taken from the Calvaries of Finistère dating from the 16th or 17th centuries, an opulent period that the region was then experiencing thanks to the trade in the linen cloth. Treated in the book by a golden print on black paper, opening and closing the book, they also evoke the origins of a Western representation that are Byzantine icons.
Tina Merandon lives and works in Montreuil. His career as a photographer is often nourished by creative residencies and the link with the territories and its inhabitants. She conducts personal research on the relationship to others, she puts exchanges and confrontations as a subject at the center of her work. Its themes are linked to the resolution of conflicts. His corpus is crossed by recurring themes, the body in action through the prism of sport and dance, animals, childhood. In close relation with her models, human or animal, the photographer introduces an improvised choreography. In perpetual pictorial research, she works color and body language towards abstract or graphic forms. Everything is linked to the body, to the skin, to gestures, whether animal or human.
Sylvie Hugues has been a photography consultant and artistic director of the Festival du Regard since 2016, Sylvie Hugues was also editor-in-chief of the magazine Responses Photo from 1996 to 2014. She leads workshops, writes for magazines (Le Monde de la Photo, Fisheye. ..) and curates exhibitions. She is a correspondent for the photography section at the Academy of Fine Arts. She is also the author of two photographic books.
Tania Levy is a lecturer in modern art history, director of the Department of Art History and Archeology, Pôle de Quimper.
Pierre Martin is a doctor of modern history at the University of Western Brittany.
Tina Merandon : Tisser sa toile
Texts : Sylvie Hugues / Tania Levy / Pierre Martin
22 x 29 cm
ISBN : 978-2-84314-0709