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Phémina Festival : Valérie Simonnet : The Temptation of the Flesh

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I fell in love with these images. They are by Valérie Simonnet and will be exhibited as part of the Phemina Festival which will be held from October 10 to 18 at the municipal theater in Fontainebleau. They are accompanied by this text by Ariane Monod. Jean-Jacques Naudet   A serie of feminin nudes between paintings and photographies in an intriguing and delicate intimacy. Valérie Simonnet’ project was to propose to  a number of women to select an old painting and become part of it. At first glance we recognize famous nudes. But soon astonishment takes over and eyes are set on the live model. Because these women who wanted to be Olympia or Venus are our contemporaries . The game of surprise and photographic realism make them more present in the painting than they would be in a banal setting. Nudity highlighted by what had to veil it. They claim the play of nudity, like the artist claims the photographic ambiguity, protected as they are by the setting and sometimes the thread of the work. The artist gives the...

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