“This is my gender.” “It is not my gender.” But what gender are we talking about when a man becomes a woman in his thirties, then chooses to return towards his male condition a few years later, by deciding that the gender question, decidedly, is not immutable, before resuming quietly his way to a female transition? Patrick Bard started photographing his nephew in 1983 when his name was still Jean-Pierre and has continued when she became Jeanne, until today.
The years have passed and Patrick Bard has built a funny family album, mixing archive photos and those he took, in which Jean-Pierre / Jeanne blows out the candles year after year, sometimes a handsome dark haired man, sometimes a pretty blonde woman, going from a bow tie to a pearl necklace with a confusing freedom, both non-conforming and perfectly square in his/her multiple identities.
An eponymous book is published by LOCO editions.
Patrick Bard is represented by Signatures, house of photographers, Paris.
Patrick Bard – Mon Neveu Jeanne
June 11 to September 19
Les Galeries du Centre Culturel de Vichy
20 Rue Maréchal Foch
03200 Vichy, France
Portrait (s) presents eleven exhibitions, held simultaneously in the city center and outdoors, in the open air: in the space of the Galleries of the Vichy Cultural Center, built at the beginning of the last century and on the Esplanade du Lac from Allier. This year, a new place joins the Portrait (s) exhibition spaces, the Hall des Sources, an emblematic place of the city.