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Galerie 127 : Gabrielle Duplantier : Photographs


On the occasion of the reissue of the VOLTA photography book of Gabrielle Duplantier by Lamaindonne editions, the gallery 127 in Montreuil is dedicating a personal exhibition  from Saturday June 12 to Saturday July 31, 2021.

The exhibition presents some thirty photographs from the books VOLTA and TERRES BASSES as well as an unpublished series on Morocco. In 2018, Gabrielle Duplantier discovered the Moroccan High Atlas and seized by the beauty of the landscapes and the faces encountered she offers us here a first vision.

With the first two series, she sings to us about her countries of origin, Portugal and the Basque Country, and takes us into a dream world.

Volta means in Portuguese at the same time, around, return, stroll, but also change. Gabrielle Duplantier’s photographs reflect this erratic word: crossed by fascinating figures, discreetly anchored between reality and fiction. Her wanderings always take her back to her native land and loved ones, and her photographs, both crepuscular and luminous, are so many enigmas that link people to places.

Volta “transports us to an unknown and inhabited world, a world which is our world and yet absolutely different – strange, rustling, shamanic, crepuscular. ” Maylis of Kerangal

The Terres Basses series responds to a particular moment in the artist’s life, that of mourning her mother, the collapse of her familiar universe and the need to reconstruct it through photography. We enter the book of the same name with the image of a path, the one Gabrielle Duplantier had to travel in order to rebuild for herself a habitable country, based on her carnal relationship to a harsh and melancholy landscape, the magnetism of female figures and, above all, the light which sublimates the material and unifies what is.


Gabrielle Duplantier was born in Bayonne in 1978.

After studying Fine Arts and then Art History, Gabrielle Duplantier invested herself in the practice of photography.

From often rugged shots to darkroom experiments, she brings back images where the power of forms, a memory of an apprenticeship as a painter, is combined with the fragility of the figures. Little by little, she develops in her laboratory an intimate, poetic and essentially feminine universe in radical black and white.

Her work is inspired by nearby territories, nature, portrait. The Basque Country and Portugal inspire her with a vast series of images. She has published two photography books with lamaindonne editions, Volta (2014) and Terres Basses (2018). Winner of various prizes and photo competitions, her work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and publications in France and abroad.

Gabrielle Duplantier lives and works in Bayonne, France.



Gabrielle Duplantier: Photographs

June 12 – July 31, 2021

Gallery 127

7, rue Arsène Chéreau

93100 Montreuil


Vernissage & signature

Saturday, June 12 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In the presence of the artist


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