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Elene Usdin, Les Habitants

© Elene Usdin, courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

Photo exhibition: Elene Usdin, Les Habitants
Venue: Photo Gallery Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, 36 rue Falguière 75015 Paris – France
from 21/06/2017 to: 13/07/2017, Tuesday – Saturday, 2 – 6 pm, Wednesday June 21st 2017, from 6pm to 9pm
 Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

Elene Usdin is proving that she is not only an excellent photographer, but that she can also handle the brush like the great classical masters. Last autumn at Paris Photo, the French artist exhibited in exclusivity some of her newly fresh and unique pieces from her latest series, Les Habitants (The Inhabitants). Starting with the timeless genre of portrait, Elene Usdin then disrupts it by directly painting on the photographic print. And she paints the emotions, hidden behind the calm look of her teenage models.

The artist also questions a certain idea of photography (almost a cliché) which defines a photograph by its reproducibility. With the previous series Femmes d’intérieur, exhibited at the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff in 2015, she already highlighted her photographs with paint to create originals. Once again, her photographs from Les Habitants have become unique pieces, but the gap is made even greater between the brief moment of the shooting and the timeless hours that Elene Usdin needs afterwards, paintbrush in hand, to ornate meticulously each portrait with a multitude of marvelous figures.

Submitted by Sabine Guédamour


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