Jeu de Paume Paris
18 Jun → 22 Sep 2019
From Wed to Sun from 11 am to 7 pm. Nocturnal Tue until 9 pm. Closed Mon.
The American artist's first major retrospective, "Mille et un passages" presents nearly 40 years of experimental photography. The exhibition at the Jeu de Paume is the only European stop on a tour of the greatest American museums. Composed as an overview of the artist's work, the five-part rhythmic journey includes about a hundred photographs, including a large number of unpublished works never before presented to the public, as well as two films. For more than forty years, Sally Mann (born in 1951) has been producing experimental photographs of haunting beauty that explore the essential themes of life: memory, desire, death, family ties, and nature's masterful indifference towards men. The unity of this vast corpus - portraits, still lifes, landscapes and various studies - is based on the evocation of a single place, the South of the United States. Not evading any great question, his powerful gaze questions history, identity, race and religion. She uses photography as a diary where introspection and ordinary emotions, sometimes ecstatic, often sensual or violent, mix. This retrospective reveals that Sally Mann has spent her entire life trying to tell the story of what it means to live in the southern United States and explores how her relationship with her homeland has shaped her work. The exhibition comes straight from the United States, produced by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, in collaboration with the Jeu de Paume, for its presentation in Paris.