To celebrate the release of Illusion (published by Images en manœvre), the Galerie Acte2 in Paris will exhibit the work of Emmanuelle Bousquet, who introduces herself :
“I took my first self-portraits when I was ten years old, when my maternal grandmother bought me a small red Kodak camera that I’d been begging for non-stop. In my first pictures I was simply imitating what I’d seen models do in magazines. Born into a creative family, fashion was my reference point.”
As she grew older, Bousquet took an approach to photography that was less playful but still essentially a means of expression. She photographed the two women she knew best: her mother and her sister. She then thought that it would be better to use her body the way a painter uses a brush. She passed on the other side of the looking glass, making a first black and white series .
In 2004, she met photographer Antoine d’Agata, who suggested that she cleanned her self-portraits of any influence from fashion and society. She shut herself indoors for a week and shot her first real series of self-portraits, Troubles.
Since then she has continued developing her process, deepening her work on femininity and the evolution of her life over time.
Illusion, Emmanuelle Bousquet
Until March 2, 2012
41 Rue Artois
01 42 89 50 05