Photo exhibition

Luc Chessex

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – 2015 Yusef Hawkin’s face is gone and now this child’s face has also been totally erased from the world. I believe her name was Janelle Lynn McCleese, born in 1987 and died in 1990. How did she die? I have imagined that she was hit by a car. The mural lived much longer than she did. Perhaps brevity really is part of the beauty and function of these murals—that their eventual loss further reflects the neighborhood’s demographic changes, the passage of time, the brevity of life. I won’t ever forget Janelle’s face and her lovingly fixed hair. She lives inside all of us who passed by and took notice of her as we walked down Lewis Ave.,-- us, the lucky living, wondrously and briefly animated by life.
© Luc Chessex
© Luc Chessex

CCCC (Castro, Coca, Che, Cherchez la femme)
At the Museum de l’Elysée (Lausanne, Switzerland)
From 4th of June 2014 to 24th of August 2014
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Luc Chessex lived in Cuba from 1961 to 1975. As a member of the Prensa Latina agency and photo editor for the magazine Cuba internacional, he was an involved witness of the revolution. The Musée de l’Elysée is presenting four series of photographs from that time: Cherchez la Femme [Search for the Woman], Le Visage de la Révolution [The Face of the Revolution], Che and Coca.

Cherchez la Femme, presented in Havana in 1966, is a work on Cuban women that goes beyond political discourse. It is also a reflection on photography, presented in Havana under the title “photo-lying”, in contradiction to preconceived ideas about photography being a “mirror of the world”.

Le Visage de la Révolution was published in 1969 by Swiss publisher Hans-Rudolph Lutz. It was a photo essay about representations of Fidel Castro on walls, on posters and in popular iconography. Luc Chessex avoids all propaganda by accompanying his work with “anti-captions”, letting viewers interpret the images freely. This opens his work to a very contemporary interpretation.

The series Che and Coca are part of the project Quand il n’y a plus d’Eldorado [When There Is No More Eldorado], a retrospective of the photographer’s work published in 1982. Che follows Che’s traces in Bolivia, and Coca explores Coca-Cola’s iconographic image. These two figures symbolically shared public spaces, where myths battled against advertisements in an ironic confrontation.

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Véronique Poczobut, photo editor of PRIVATE magazine.

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