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Léonard Bourgeois Beaulieu Naming oneself EXTENSION

45 min visit

Galerie Laure Roynette
12 Mar → 20 Jun 2020
From Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 7 pm. Closed Monday & Sunday.

« A photograph always in motion that subtly questions the question of identity. A very beautiful work!  »

For his second solo exhibition at the Galerie Laure Roynette, Léonard Bourgeois Beaulieu presents a new series of portraits. They are faces, they are bodies. But above all, they are human beings who choose not to become one with the heteronormed world, to transcend it. The photographer has long been questioning the question of the representation of the people we aim at and designates as unreal. It is the idea that the norm has of the other person who does not resemble him or her. On the contrary, he tries to show that the field of possibilities offers to those who can grasp it, a very concrete existence that does not await acceptance. Léonard Bourgois Beaulieu is an experienced photographer (...) He transforms the polaroid, scratches it, crumples it, thus breaking the character, too sharp, too smooth, too realistic in sum of the model. By recalling the photographic medium, exposing the cables and the backstage. The human being under Léonard Bourgois Beaulieu's lens is as if surprised in its initial state. He does not play and does not play at not playing. It is with this idea of buried secrecy that the portraits of Léonard Bourgois Beaulieu are revealed. He himself evokes the "reassuring process of human identification". He evokes the "violence", the violence of youth in relation to their life choices. He speaks of gender theory, of a third sex, or of no sex at all. His topic is equally rich and complex.


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