documentation céline duval

Sport de vie, 2013

104 pages B&W, spirals - Edition of 600
8.2 x 5.7 in. (20,9 x 14,5 cm)
isbn : 978-2-9526093-9-5

25.00 €
104 pages B&W, spirals - Edition of 600
8.2 x 5.7 in. (20,9 x 14,5 cm)
isbn : 978-2-9526093-9-5
Sport de vie - documentation céline duval
Sport de vie - documentation céline duval
Sport de vie - documentation céline duval
Sport de vie - documentation céline duval

documentation céline duval plunges us into a world of emotions, eroticism and sensuality : a place of endless views where pleasures are shared, where the sun caresses the skin and cool water embraces the body, of flavours that melt in the mouth just like the sensation of bodies that brush against each other, of looks thrown and of smiles offered. It is the essence of existence that develops in these images. But as one turns the pages the emotions change : at first they are intense and physical, full of sounds, light and touch. Then, tranquility takes hold in a calm and harmonious retreat.

We enter these brief moments through the loving gaze of the amateur photographer who captures his friends and family in action, showing them in their best light - sensitive, fragile, erotic or high spirited. The people who are photographed join with the photographer in the desire to pose and to present. Together they play the photographic game of display - of looking and showing. Interspersed in the book are images that underline the sexism and power games already present in erotic stereotypes, troubling the harmony without destroying it. To plunge, is to drift away.

documentation céline duval

Céline Duval was born in 1974 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and lives and works in Houlgate. Since 1998, she has been putting together a collection of photographic images by amateur photographers, from postcards and press clippings. These images are digitized, restored, classified thematically then published or exhibited. This process results in a change of status for these generally anonymous pictures, where a whole range of unseen images are made visible once again. Stereotypes are revealed (advertising diktats in her video Les Allumeuses, where a pile of fashion photos are shown one by one before being thrown on a fire) as well as the visual power of the images (Sporting feats from the series Trophées). Her work is a mirror of photographic practise over the years and was presented in a solo exhibition at the art centre Micro-onde in 2013. It features in the collections of the MoMA (USA), the Muséo Reina Sofia (Spain), the CNAP , the Sérignan museum, the MAC/VAL, the Kandinsky library, the Pompidou Centre and the National Library collection (France).