This immersive project in the heart of the island state questions the disillusionment of a people who worked in vain to make “the Castro dream” come true. The exhibition presented by Anne-Laure Buffard Inc. is an opportunity to show previously unpublished images from this series and to introduce a new body of work, Silenciar, projected in the form of a slide show. Having lived for nearly a year alongside families of Azucareros in the bateyes (settlements around sugar mills) that are the melting pots of Cuban multiethnicity, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac pays tribute to these forgotten people of history through three ensembles that function by way of counterpoint, moving from black and white to color, from documentary form to allegory. "The photographic corpus entitled Desmemoria has something of a nocturne about it," writes Michel Poivert in the booklet accompanying the exhibition.
"In photography, a nocturne is built from the shadows born of a slightly veiled source. A grisaille–a beautiful term which designates the art of variations of gray–gives the impression that time has taken possession of reality. "And when the photographer suddenly plunges us into daylight and chooses color, as with Guajiros, then it is the close-ups of men and women that remind us that all illusion has vanished in the watermark of Fidel Castro’s propaganda [...] Through an audacious aesthetic choice that pays homage to the photographers of documentary modernity, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac gives his depicted characters the acrid aura of the downtrodden. »
Interested in exploring the worlds of diverse subjects, photographer Pierre-Elie de Pibrac followed the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet during the 2013-2014 season. This gave rise to an exhibition and a vast work entitled In Situ - Dans les coulisses de l'Opéra de Paris (Behind the scenes of the Paris Opera), published by Clémentine de la Férronière. Immersed in the company and backstage life of both the Garnier and Bastille opera houses, Pierre-Elie adapted his lens to his subject with observance.
In 2007, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac made his first photographic report in Burma. He is the grandson of the photographer Paul de Cordon. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) in Paris, the Alliance Française in Havana, the French Institute in Kyoto, the Fototeca in Cuba, and the Aperture Foundation in New York.
ASIA NOW - 2022"Wandering Gazes"
Anne-Laure Buffard Inc. est heureuse d’annoncer sa participation à la 8ème édition d’Asia Now qui se tiendra du 20 au 23 octobre 2022 à la Monnaie de Paris. Pour cette première participation, Anne-Laure Buffard Inc. présentera sur son stand un Duo Show des artistes coréennes et soeurs jumelles Park Chae Dalle et Park Chae Biole.