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Véronique Ellena

San Luca e Martina

San Luca e Martina

Photograph taken in Rome. Series The Invisibles, 2011.

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Véronique Ellena

Lauréate de la récompense Dialogues du Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'Intelligence de la Main® 2016

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Véronique Ellena initiated this work in Rome in 2009, following her stay at the Villa Médicis. She photographs the homeless at dawn, lying on the forecourts, under the porch of churches, at the foot of monuments: vague, even mysterious forms that seem to belong to the body of the city, to its mineral quality. These presences rest in calm and sweetness, but also in the solitude of this moment between night and day. We could initially perceive only the sublime beauty of the architecture. But this work speaks to us of something else: the place of certain men in this world, who are there but whom we do not see - or no longer see. It is about looking at what is not seen, what is unbearable, but without pathos or miserablism. Avélino Abarca, 2011.

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This photograph was taken using long exposure with a 4x5 large format camera on Kodak Portra color negative film. It was then printed by Dupon lab in Paris, mounted on Dibond, and placed under satin plexiglass (Diasec) by Image collée, Montreuil's framers. It is framed in an oak American box by Image Collée.


96 x 120 cm

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