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Polka Galerie : Brian Bowen Smith : Drivebys


Polka Galerie welcomes its new exhibition: Drivebys by Brian Bowen Smith. A photographic journey aboard his 1950s Pick Up truck through the America of Covid. He presents it like this:

In the midst of Covid 19 confinement, you have to leave. Leave so as not to suffocate, not to go completely crazy.
Cross the United States from South to North, then go West, go back down to the East then to the South; a journey in the shape of an eight, meeting friends, strangers, deserts, cities, lost holes to photograph through the frame of the windows of a solid pick-up truck from the 50s: separated from people, Covid obliges, but with them. Seize these moments so as not to forget who we were during this period which surprised and revealed us.
This very special time which froze everything, except perhaps those who live outside, quick to open a discussion, proud to express their personality, sometimes with a gesture, or simply by posing without expressing more than their humanity, their freedom. Always in touch with the horizons of the American landscapes, with their family, with their tribes.This is the story: that of the America of Avedon, the America of Robert Franck, America on edge, when it is necessary to remember that each person represents something. And a Family even more. And a community even more than that.

Thanks to Valerie Kersz, the exhibition curator and specialist of American photography.


Polka Galerie
Cour de Venise, 12 Rue Saint-Gilles, 75003 Paris, France

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