Carte blanche to Jean-Pierre Blanc: The island of Levant
The island of the east and the photographers of Heliopolis
Since 1931, when the brothers André and Gaston Durville founded the village of Heliopolis, one of the first naturist paradises in the world, many artists and photographers came to work on the island of Levant and celebrated the beauty and magic of this place.
I think of the magnificent Durville brothers’ film”La création d’Héliopolis” in 1932, the drawings and photographs of Honor David Gell, then those of Serge de Sazo, Bob Harvest, Goldner, Eliott Erwitt, Kurt Hutton or Alain Lartigue.
And more recently to Richard Destatte, Jean Miaille, Guy Thouvignon and Hervé Lassince.
Freedom. That of the bodies and of a preserved nature. A certain art of living, too, simple and Edenic. That’s what the Levant Island photographers captured.
A book, commissioned by the villa Noailles, was dedicated to this island in the Stoechades archipelago with superb photos by Olivier Amsellem.
In addition, every year for the past three years, the Levantine cultural association NU2 has commissioned artists to make films shot entirely on the island.
After Marc Turlan in 2017, Antoine Grulier and Margaux Salarino will direct it in 2018. This film will be screened on August 6, during the 3rd edition of ” La nuit des étoiles filantes ” in Heliopolis, on the port of Ayguade, with also a danced performance by Grégoire Schaller, an exhibition of photographs by Richard Destatte and paintings by Adrien Pelletier, and music by DJ Crame. And of course, the observation of shooting stars, all night long, with the team of the Observatoire du Pic des Fées in Hyères!
Another appointment not to be missed: meetings around the history of naturism in Heliopolis: June 2 and 3 with Jean Da Silva and Bernard Andrieux, at the Villa Noailles and Heliopolis
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