Edition 2012

Exhibition presented by the Méjan association

Géraldine Lay

Ordinary flaws

Between 2005 and 2010, I made regular visits to countries in the north of Europe—Finland, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, Denmark—and also to Paris and Beauvais. I had the impression of both being in a familiar place and also being plunged into a curiously unordinary world. This series is a mixture of portraits, found objects, and landscapes. I photographed passers-by as if they were actors on stage, places as if they were movie sets. Nothing really connects the towns I went through, I simply constructed an improbable, imaginary narrative between them—a different kind of fiction. The passers-by seem to be acting in an indeterminate play, as if they were each living a fleeting dream. The faces I met disappear beneath the roles that my gaze assigned to them. The streets became a theatre. Jacques Damez, photographer and founder of Le Réverbère gallery, in Lyon, wrote the following about a photograph taken in Turku, Finland: ‘A fascination for associations and encounters that push the real towards the unreal manipulates the material of these ordinary flaws. Thus, a child sitting in front of a red drape in his gilded frame looks straight out at us. The only thing separating us from him is a screen of snowflakes. He has a little wooden boat held firmly in his right hand and dreams of becoming a sailor. And yet he is moored for ever to the picture frame that surrounds him.’

Exhibition produced in collaboration with the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles.
Exhibition venue: Capitole, Chapelle Saint-Laurent.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture