The photographer Jean-Léonard Polo is showing Corps pour Elles at the Espace Carpeaux in Courbevoie. The project, carried out last year around the theme of bodyscape, uses a part of the nude (exclusively female) body as a point of departure in order to tell stories and stage scenes by arranging tiny figurines and accessories on the surface of the flesh. Like a trompe-l’oeil, the resulting composition seems at first glance to represent an authentic landscape. However, upon a closer look, one discovers that this “natural” décor is deceptive. Invariably, the naked body serves as the setting that is populated by artificial elements. These are 1:87 scale model figures (humans, animals, and other components, sometimes with the addition of sand or smoke) which come alive in their attributed décor: there is a desert for camels, a swamp or the bush for crocodiles and leopards, a construction site for builders, a garden where someone mows the lawn, an oasis where pink flamingoes come to find water, a soldier making his rounds… Jean-Léonard Polo’s tiny imaginary world seems to awaken in his hands and live a purposeful life in the curves of the model’s body. The erotic dimension is neither foregrounded nor sought after; rather, Jean-Léonard Polo wishes to create an aesthetic and oneiric universe that will encourage the viewer to dream and weave stories.
15 Boulevard Aristide Briand 92400 Courbevoie France
November 07, 2017 to December 21, 2017