Alix Cleo Roubaud (1952-1983) produced, the time of her brief and dramatic life, a dense work combining literature, philosophy and photography. Friend of the director Jean Eustache, who devoted her a short film, accomplice and wife of the poet Jacques Roubaud, it is the mysterious and fascinating figure whose name we know without having seen the work in its entirety.
The exhibition at the BNF did emerge from the shadows of this mysterious body created in the bubbling and the urgency of a work without concessions.
Recent donations of Jacques Roubaud to the national collections have revealed the magnitude, power and diversity hitherto ignored of her photographic production. With over two hundred photographs and unpublished texts and documents, this large retrospective exhibition intends to explore all aspects of her creation: self-portraits, landscapes and sequences pure experimental study photographs. It reveals a singular autobiographical work, which focuses both on the essence of the image and her theory, only on the materiality of the photographic print.
By staging, photographing her lovers and her daily life, reinterpreting her family photographs, Alix Cléo Roubaud wrote a partition on the dark and the light, the darkness and glare. She accompanied her photographic work by writing a journal, which was transcribed and published after her death by her husband, and excerpts of which are put into dialogue throughout the visit.
An exhibition that takes you into the thinking of an artist with a thousand facets and take you into a world of instant photography, poetry and melancholy. To see!
Alix Cléo Roubaud. Photographies « Quinze minutes la nuit au rythme de la respiration », BnF site François Mitterand, 9€/7€, http://www.bnf.fr/fr/evenements_et_culture/anx_expositions/f.alix_cleo_roubaud_photos.html
[Autoportrait] Série Correction de perspective dans ma chambre, Paris, 64, rue Vieille-du-Temple, 1980 © Jacques Roubaud/Hélène Giannecchini
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