#PHOTO Les Nouvelles Oubliées: a timeless residency project.
#NYONS rn7, a hybrid and ambitious project founded by Anne-Lore Mesnage, welcomes mid-career photographers in residence so that they can take a different look at their work and research from the perspective of the history that has since been written. “Les Nouvelles Oubliées” residency is also based on an exchange with workshops and mentoring. Finally, it ends with an exhibition during the summer following the residence, which traces like a red thread in the author’s career and allows him to question and question himself.
rn7 germinated in Anne-Lore Mesnage’s mind, when she was the collaborator of photographer Françoise Huguier. In the midst of the thousands of archives surrounding her, the question of how to turn a material from the past into a project for the future was a daunting one. With “Les Nouvelles Oubliées”, rn7 offers a unique experience for these authors, an immersion into the heart of their work, an archaeological work based on the reinterpretation of sometimes invisible images often forgotten in the flow of daily production. The possibility of taking the time, the hindsight necessary to rediscover one’s own work, with an edition to share, gives an unexpected and generous result.
For the first edition, it was the Belgian photographer Frédéric Lecloux who was the guest of the residence, to (re)discover his Dolpo Box.
In the mid-1990s, as a young photographer, Frédéric Lecloux went alone to the northwest of Nepal. A kind of initiatory journey from which he will bring back thousands of slides, many of which will remain “invisible”. At that time, they didn’t match his “ideal” of the beautiful image And that’s where the strength of the residence project comes into play. Reclaiming a work that we know or that we feel is untapped because it does not necessarily correspond to the aesthetic codes of the time of the shooting
From this “Dolpo Box” where he had preserved but isolated a whole series of images of this journey, and which did not correspond to the canons he had set for himself of the “travel image”, Frédéric Lecloux draws a new sensitive portrait of his perception of the world. These images, which have made themselves forgotten and entered a kind of resistance to oblivion, when he himself has changed direction several times in his approach, offers a complete re-reading of the status of the image in the eyes of its author. Imbued with serenity and nostalgia, and taking advantage of the passage of time, they have managed to create a passage, halfway between the document and the image of travel, that of the inner journey.
And the residence Les Nouvelles Oubliées ends with an exhibition in the heart of the Drôme:
from July 5 to September 8 2019
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