Part of Mois de la Photo a Paris. Dolron focused on the way in which the individual participants in some festivals in India and Thailand experienced their religion and she often encountered that the self-mutilation at these religious gatherings were an attempt to transcend.
Exaltation - Gaze - Xteriors. Part of Mois de la Photo a' Paris
For this years Month of Photography in Paris the Institut Ne'erlandais will produce a special designed book and exhibition of three series of the Dutch photographer Desiree Dolron, Exaltation - images of religion and death, Gaze and Xteriors. Shortly some words about the three series, that will be represented in the exhibition and the book.
In Exaltation Desiree Dolron tried to capture religious rituals in Asia as objectively as possible. She focused on the way in which the individual participants in some festivals in India and Thailand experienced their religion and she often encountered that the self-mutilation at these religious gatherings were an attempt to transcend. Subsequently for her next series Gaze still fascinated by the phenomenon of transcendence Dolron was curious what happens when in a non-religious context, people are cut off from their sensory perceptions and she started to make portraits under water. During intensive sessions, sometimes lasting six hours, the persons being photographed became increasingly tired and after a certain period self-absorbed going into a trance comparable with the persons in the series Exaltation.
For her series Xteriors Desiree Dolron got her inspiration by a meeting with an everyday girl in the street that resembled so much one of the portraits "Portraits of a young woman" of her favourite painters Petrus Christus. Inspired by among others the primitive Flemish painters this very pictorial photographic series shows another world, portraits and images of strong personalities in Northerly light filtered by old window panes. Desiree Dolron in her life and in work is fascinated by the vague borderline between appearance, perception and reality ; her photography is reflection of this attraction.
Charlotte Cotton (Head of Programming of the Photographers Gallery, London) stated : "Her capacity to find the visual form to realise her experience of the out-of-time strangeness of the environments in which she worked has become inverted, localise onto the very process of artistic creation. Out of the most contemporary techniques for photography, Dolron locates the enduring connections with both the visual language but also the states of mind that have been present in centuries of picture making".
Following the theme of this year Month of Photography in Paris, "The printed page", the Institut Ne'erlandais has invited the French graphic designer and editor Xavier Barral (Editions Xavier Barral) to design a special catalogue of the work of Desiree Dolron. Authors: Mark Haworth-Booth, former curator photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Senior research Fellow, London College of Communication, Senior Fellow, royal College of Art. Pierre Assouline, French writer and journalist, former editor in chief of LIRE, author of some important biographies and of several novels as Lutetia, La Cliente and Double vie.
Desiree Dolron http://www.desireedolron.com
Edition Xavier Barral http://www.exb.fr
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