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Marin Karmitz by Christophe Lunn


Our meeting takes place in the offices of MK2. In the lobby, three posters of movies by Abbas Kiarostami, Olivier Assayas and Charlie Chaplin illustrate Marin Karmitz's eclectic taste.
On the wall of his office, a series of black and white photographs of hands by Christian Boltanski. They seem to clap. They could also be seen as fluttering white butterflies. Propped up on the floor, a framed Diane Arbus print representing a man in a raincoat, holding his hat over his heart, as if to hide it. Behind his desk, a large grey portrait by Patrick Faigenbaum. A group of prints from the Passenger series by cult director Chris Marker, which were presented in Arles in 2010, dominate the wall at end of the room. The images represent women on the subway, sleeping in their seats, photographed by Marker when he was on his way to his chemotherapy sessions. Across, on a low shelf, a photograph by Kiarostami : A couple observe a painting by Georges Leroux entitled Dans la grande galerie du musée du Louvre, 1954 which was shot in the Louvre Museum! Several items of the tourists' clothing echo those worn by the characters in the painting. The treatment of the color reinforces the mirror effect : Where does the photograph start, where does the painting end?

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