“What’s in the mountain?
On the passes, white clouds.
I can only enjoy them on my own and cannot give them to you”
T’ao Hong King, response to the emperor of the ts’i
China, “What’s in the mountain? “
After the “La Terre est bleue”, encounter with the fishing families of the Indonesian archipelago, the Galerie Valérie Guérin is pleased to present Jocelyne Forgeot’s new series on China, “What there is in the mountain? », photographs taken in August 2019.
Not far from the admirable landscapes of the “Huanshan Mountains” in eastern China, we discover the sleepy villages of the surrounding countryside, the last vestiges of the flourishing era of the Literate Merchants.
Jocelyne takes us to the houses with cracked walls where many rooms are buried in dust, sometimes revealing fine carved woodwork.
Links are formed with the inhabitants. From this encounter, interior scenes of everyday life are born, where she shares with us with great sensitivity the soul of these places.
From shadows, portraits emerge where a weak light leaves a certain mystery hovering. On serene or nostalgic faces, time does not seem to have a hold.
With its chiaroscuro, portraits, scenes of life seem to have escaped a painting by the Grand Masters of the 17th century.
Our exhibition presents 13 photographs in different formats about China. The photographs of Indonesia, “La terre est bleue” are available in the portfolio, as well as the book.
In 2007, after a career in business, she decided to deepen her photography practice by following internships and masterclasses in Arles and Paris. Her photographic quest focuses on the identity and daily life of the inhabitants of our planet, with a particular attraction for the uniqueness, the otherness, of certain cultures.
“Korowai, au-dessus des esprits, Papouasie Occidentale” by Editions Pages du Monde, 2010
“La terre est bleue, Indonésie”, by Editions Echappée libre, July 2018
Galerie Valerie Guerin
32, rue de Bourgogne 75007 Paris
Metro Invalides, Varenne
Exhibition from November 5 to December 30, 2020
Tuesday to Saturday 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment
Sunday November 8 and 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
While waiting for the reopening to the public, the gallery can be reached for “click and collect”.
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Galerie Valerie Guerin
32 Rue de Bourgogne, 75007 Paris, France
November 05, 2020 to December 30, 2020