What remains of the old apartments and studios once inhabited by the likes of André Kertész, Rózsi Klein and Brassai? Who is lucky enough to live there now? And how do they live? The photographer Gabriella Cseh puts in context contemporary images of the spaces by presenting them alongside historical documents showing the spaces as they were. This process offers the visitor the opportunity to play the role of an investigator and voyeur: What links these two spaces together? What influence do they have on the people who live their now? What are the stories and relationships that emerge in a space whose presence is inscribed in an increasingly complex continuity?
Gabrielle Cseh’s photographs reveal and revive memories: more than interactive spatiotemporal games, they present these forgotten interiors as integral parts of the artistic heritage, in the general sense of the term. Cseh makes choices, inquires, and doesn’t hesitate to knock on doors. She goes in search of the Parisian apartments and studios once occupied by Hungarian artists in the 1920s and 30s, and lets us visit, through the exhibition, interiors that had been seen but never, until now, identified.
Gabriella Cseh, Mémoires d’Intérieurs
Until February 25, 2012
92 Rue Bonaparte
01 43 26 06 44