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Montreuil : The Existential Prisons of Pierre Leblanc


Le 116, a contemporary art center based in Montreuil, welcomes Belgian photographer Pierre Leblanc’s exhibition Discriminations.  This series portrays individuals in cells which incarnate the twenty discriminations* prohibited by law, ranging from sexual orientation, health, and even to handicaps.  The images are on view through April 16th.

Pierre Leblanc offers, with a razor-sharp acuteness, a new series of his photographic vision of the human comedy.  Assisted by his head cameraman David Le Mevel, he perpetuates his vigorous, satyric and poetic gesture of dead weight.

Here, in the narrow,  deleterious and suffocating space of a prison which metamorphosizes existential isolation cells (physical, psychological, or mental), he returns with a fierce, tender, virulent and despairing production of all these kinds of  traps that ensnare and incarcerate man.  He tirelessly pursues this sort of x-ray of the species.  One feels like Leblanc is a cinematic professional.  The look that he offers, to increase the violent sharpness created by the work of art,  is a stationary moment treated with a confidant virtuosity:  breathtaking lighting, polished composition and staging, expressive acting, magnificent color palette, and acute sense of atmosphere.

Denys-Louis Colaux (Excerpt)

*20 grounds of discrimination :
Age/ physical appearance/ real or supposed affiliation to an ethnicity, nation, and race/ affiliation or non-affiliation to a religion/ state of health/ sexual orientation/ sexual identity/ pregnancy/ marital status/ handicap/ surname/ sex/  union activities/ genetic characteristics/ traditions and customs/ political opinions/ background/ place of residence.
(Source: défenseur des droits)

Pierre Leblanc
From March 23rd to April 16th, 2016
Centre d’Art Contemporain le « 116 »
116, rue de Paris
93100 Montreuil
Wednesday to Saturday 2 pm – 6pm.

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