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Naked Glaciers

Ania Freindorf

February 29 – April 7, 2024

6pm – 10pm

in presence of the photographer

ANIA FREINDORF

Born in Krakow, Poland, Ania Freindorf has been a photographer, filmmaker and artist for 23 years. She began her career in fashion photography with Michal Pasich at Bogdan Axman Studio, assistant of Irving Penn in Krakow, where she first found inspiration for her male nude project “Humanus”. She then moved to Paris to pursue her passion for photojournalism and photographic art. She is represented by various press agencies. A former official photographer and photography teacher at UNESCO, she works with several United Nations agencies. She is also a teacher at the Leica Akademie in Switzerland.

THE “NAKED GLACIERS” PROJECT

In 2017 Ania Freindorf embarked on the “Naked Glaciers” project to bear witness to the perilous state of glaciers and show their fragility, mystery and beauty. The images she exhibits at Mind’s Eye were taken in Europe. Her ambition is to capture images from all seven continents. Among other activities, she works for the United Nations and organizes mountain photography courses for the Leica Akademie. We invite you to immerse yourself in these large-format photographs (some measuring 180 x 120 cm), and to reflect deeply on what is at stake for our planet. Note that the opening will take place on a leap day. We may well wonder what the state of the planet will be on the next leap day, four years from now.

All photographs © Ania Freindorf

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États d’Âme

Colette Pourroy

November 4 – December 10, 2023

Opening : Saturday November 4

6pm – 9pm

Colette Pourroy has made a name for herself by exploring her family in several episodes and in several books. At Mind’s Eye, we have presented three of her exhibitions on this theme.

Here, she turns to the soul and its relationship to our body. Movement and blurring are the means she has chosen to express them in this new series, État d’âme. She has already used these techniques in her previous work, notably in the series on her sister Ève, but here she pushes them further.

The images, reminiscent of certain photographs by Francesca Woodman or Duane Michals, leave ample room for the viewer’s sensibility and imagination.

SOUL-STATES

After all the deaths, all the cherished ones whose stories I told in my family saga, a desire awakened in me to evoke the soul and its relationship with the body.  

Between the collective conscience and unconscious, the symbolism, all that speaks of the unseen, the infinite, the subtle, writing the unclear makes way for the imaginary.

This living, moving photography shatters the divine: the intervals, gaps, punctuation, the invisible.

It is like automatic writing; what comes forth is unexpected, beyond my will, mysterious, yet fervently sought.

Drawing with light, painting with chiaroscuro and without artifice, only the spiritual binds these glimmering threads together.  

Colette Pourroy (September 2023)
Translation: Paul H. Rogers (September 2023)

COLETTE POURROY

After studies at the Villa Arson in Nice and thirty years as a graphic designer for publishers in Paris, Colette Pourroy, who had been taking photographs since the age of 13, decided to exhibit her work in 2003, following the death of her mother.

Over the following ten years, she exhibited her photographs of trees in black and white (BnF collection with Anne Biroleau) and colour in private collections in France and abroad. These resulted in two series, “Peau d’arbres” and “Le Sexe des arbres”, both published by Vis-à-Vis international.

The artist would later realise that these photos of trees symbolised the roots of her family saga.

A workshop in 2008 with Michael Ackerman, decisive for her freedom of vision and spirit, gave her the impetus, the awareness of others and the place of the human on the path.

From 2013 to 2023, this family saga (which began with the figure of the father) was exhibited in galleries and published by André Frère éditions.
It comprises four series, plus one on the couple (selected and published by MEP in 2014).
An extract from each series is included in the public collections of the BnF and the MEP, thanks to Héloïse Conesa and Pascal Hoël. 

BOOK SIGNING

Colette Pourroy will be signing her books at Paris Photo on the stand of her publisher André Frère on Thursday 9 November at 3pm.

All photographs © Colette Pourroy

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North Light

Christian Poncet

September 14 – October 22, 2023

Opening : Thursday September 14

6pm – 10pm

We know Christian Poncet for his beautiful pinhole camera photographs, twice presented at Mind’s Eye in the exhibitions “Le songe des rives” (2018) and “Metropolis” (2021).

His new exhibition, “North Light”, shows us another facet of the photographer’s work. Mostly in colour, these images were taken mainly in northern France and southern England, where the colder light brings enhanced clarity and contrast. Christian Poncet’s favorite motifs – geometric framing and isolated figures or structures – are accentuated by an inspired use of color and shadow. The sea is often present as a backdrop.

THE NORTH

Born in Lyon, Christian Poncet lives in Haute-Savoie and for the last twenty years has been photographing the surrounding lakes and mountains, all magnificent and varied landscapes that many photographers dream of. Yet, over time, these beautiful spaces have become so familiar to him that he no longer notices them, at least not with the photographer’s eye, always on the lookout for new images.

The North has always attracted him. He can’t explain it: is it the ‘monotony’ of the landscapes, flat and uniform, the changing light, or that very special atmosphere that breaks with his usual surroundings?
In 2012, he set off on a week-long journey from the Bay of the Somme to Belgium, from Cayeux-sur-mer to Ostend.

“That month of May was cool and rainy, the grey sandy beaches were deserted, with only a few solitary walkers struggling to make headway against the wind in their mackintoshes. There was nothing to encourage me to take out the camera.”

“But how could I resist the colourful, haphazard shacks of Berck-plage, its outdated white buildings or, a little further on, the seafront of Stella-plage: this dark stone “wall” facing the sea, overlooked by a vast car park and a wasteland with no future – with the only guardian being this bar-restaurant with the tempting sign “frites – gaufres – crèpes”.

Since then, he has returned to the region regularly, in spring or late summer. Little by little, the images have accumulated, and now he could turn the page, go elsewhere, discover other horizons. But no, the North awaits him, for a long time to come.
February 2018

All photographs © Christian Poncet