Paris Photo 2018

  • Paris Photo 2018 official visual

    Sept 12, 2018
  • Paris Photo 2018
    Paris Photo selects each year one image to represent the Fair and the current artistic trends and diverse issues that push the boundaries of photography today.

    This year, our official fair image is Mickalene Thomas’s Calder Series #2, 2013 © Mickalene Thomas Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris / Brussels

    Mickalene Thomas, born in 1971 in Camden (New Jersey), lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

    Mickalene Thomas sublimates a contemporary vision of the Afro-American woman, which she re-contextualizes in staged domestic scenes permeated with the spirit of the 60’s and 70’s. Transcending aesthetic influences and evoking the invisibility of black bodies in a subjective art history, Mickalene Thomas’ works consist of a political commitment of positioning the black American woman as the central subject at the heart of her paintings and photographs. The figure occupies the integrality of the space to affirm itself with panache as one of the essential constituents of American society. As a complement to the rigorously framed postures, the artist gives these women a force of seduction and attraction that is accomplished through an extremely precise formal approach: the complex mastery of rhythm, form, color and pattern lends to the establishment of a space which enables the immediate deconstruction of the possibilities of reality.

    The selected work is a poignant statement congruent with the themes that will be addressed at this year’s edition: pluridisciplinary practices and perspectives in image-based art, the relationship between the ‘real’ and the image, representations of women and feminism in popular culture. It is also a coherent choice this year in light of Paris Photo’s unique collaboration with the French Ministry of Culture for a special programme honouring women in photography in a unique parcours created by Fannie Escoulen independent curator, highlighting the work of female artists and their contribution and representation in the History of the medium.

    Image :© MICKALENE THOMAS Calder Series #2, 2013 Color photograph. Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris / Brussels

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