Galerie &co119 is pleased to present the exhibition Polaroid, Intimate Stories.
Since its beginnings, the Polaroid has served to capture one’s most intimate moments. Present during important and informal family gatherings, during travels or at home, the compact Polaroid image became in a way the symbol of the recorded moment.
A fragment of life, a fragment of emotion, of which the photographer captures the essence of the immediate. Shared moments later, when the image is revealed after being nursed in the hollow of an underarm or against ones breast pocket, held there to encourage the chemical process. Thus, even when coming into being, the Polaroid picture becomes an intimate part of those who use it.
This exhibition brings together five contemporary artists, each of whom used the Polaroid as a way of revealing the « exceptional » of what makes intimacy in all that it comprises: the ordinary and the banal. The private initially reserved for the intimate circle who participated in its creation, physically passed from hand to hand, over time becomes an object that is submitted to the gaze of a wider public. The Polaroid, photo object, in all its immediate imperfection, thus comes to sublimate to what was simply anecdotic and allows others not only to witness but also become an accomplice to what may have started as a singular moment of staged intimacy.
Playful, questioning and provoking our idea of what ordinary intimacy may mean, the images of Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Rumando, Alex Marillat, Jeremy Stigter and Tom Bianchi presented in this exhibition form an engaging and poetic dialogue.
More information at https://8co119.co/polaroid-recits-de-lintime/
119 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris France
March 16, 2018 to May 12, 2018