The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in partnership with the photography festival, FotoWeek DC, presents Divinités noires, a photography exhibition by Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger

Unveiling a collection of large-scale photographs printed on canvas and tarpaulin, these portraits were taken by the French artists in Togo and Benin on the occasion of ritual ceremonies. Contrary to the ethnographic use of photography, the models used here become active subjects rather than mere objects of observation.

The way in which they project themselves onto the lens, in which they take hold of the image that they wish to portray of themselves, the way in which they play with the ritual of picture shooting; the entirety of their participative attitude, far from harming the documentary quality of the images, enriches them.

The opening reception will take place at the Embassy of France on November 13th at 7:30 p.m. Ticket reservations are required to this free admission opening. 

Divinités noires will be on view through December 12, 2014. To schedule a visit to the exhibition at the Embassy of France, please click here

 

About the artists

Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger live and work in France. Their artistic collaboration was born at the same time of their first meeting, 20 years ago. From the start, they have provided us with a second reading of the image of women in the history of Western painting. Today, they travel throughout Africa, drawn by the mysteries of certain customs that have survived the passage of time, and lead research on those spiritual minorities that show resistance to globalization and scientific materialism. In the long term, their work consists of exploring the source of different cultures, particularly as they question the interactions between identity and ceremonies for the sacred.
 
Leriche and Fickinger show their work in galleries and museums as well as in cultural centers in France and abroad, including Korea, Brazil and Canada. They have been recognized with the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs in 2006 for their work in Mali, an artist residency at the Sacatar Institute in Brazil in 2009, and the Mention spéciale du jury of the Prix Scam Roger Pic in 2011 for their series Chasseurs de l’invisible. Dany Leriche teaches visual arts at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Jean Michel Fickinger teaches photography at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nancy. http://dljmf.org
 

The exhibition Divinités noires made possible through a grant from EDF

Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Road NW Washington, DC 20009

Divinités noires - a photography exhibition by Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger

When
November 13 - December 12, 2014
Where
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20009

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in partnership with the photography festival, FotoWeek DC, presents Divinités noires, a photography exhibition by Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger

Unveiling a collection of large-scale photographs printed on canvas and tarpaulin, these portraits were taken by the French artists in Togo and Benin on the occasion of ritual ceremonies. Contrary to the ethnographic use of photography, the models used here become active subjects rather than mere objects of observation.

The way in which they project themselves onto the lens, in which they take hold of the image that they wish to portray of themselves, the way in which they play with the ritual of picture shooting; the entirety of their participative attitude, far from harming the documentary quality of the images, enriches them.

The opening reception will take place at the Embassy of France on November 13th at 7:30 p.m. Ticket reservations are required to this free admission opening. 

Divinités noires will be on view through December 12, 2014. To schedule a visit to the exhibition at the Embassy of France, please click here

 

About the artists

Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger live and work in France. Their artistic collaboration was born at the same time of their first meeting, 20 years ago. From the start, they have provided us with a second reading of the image of women in the history of Western painting. Today, they travel throughout Africa, drawn by the mysteries of certain customs that have survived the passage of time, and lead research on those spiritual minorities that show resistance to globalization and scientific materialism. In the long term, their work consists of exploring the source of different cultures, particularly as they question the interactions between identity and ceremonies for the sacred.
 
Leriche and Fickinger show their work in galleries and museums as well as in cultural centers in France and abroad, including Korea, Brazil and Canada. They have been recognized with the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs in 2006 for their work in Mali, an artist residency at the Sacatar Institute in Brazil in 2009, and the Mention spéciale du jury of the Prix Scam Roger Pic in 2011 for their series Chasseurs de l’invisible. Dany Leriche teaches visual arts at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Jean Michel Fickinger teaches photography at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nancy. http://dljmf.org
 

The exhibition Divinités noires made possible through a grant from EDF

 

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.
Sign in or register to post comments.
more events
1/3
ONGOING EVENTS
event

Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora - French artist William Adjété Wilson presents "The Black Ocean"

April 16 - September 4, 2016
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
event

Kader Attia's 'Ghardaïa' featured at the Guggenheim

Apr 29 - Oct 5, 2016
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue
New York, NY
event

Collection #2 "Human | Nature" at Chamber New York

May 19 - Oct 6, 2016
Chamber
515 W. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
event

Hubert Robert, 1733–1808

June 26 - October 2, 2016
The National Gallery of Art
6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20565
1/3
recomended for you
event

ICP Museum Opens With 'Public, Private, Secret'

Jun 23, 2016 – Jan 08, 2017
ICP Museum
250 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
event

'a Handful of Dust' at Pratt Photography Gallery

Sep 15 - Dec 2, 2016
Pratt Photography Gallery
200 Willoughby Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11205
event

Jean-Luc Mylayne Permanent Collection Installation at Parrish Art Museum

November 1, 2015 - October 30, 2016
Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway Water Mill, NY 11976
event

Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora - French artist William Adjété Wilson presents "The Black Ocean"

April 16 - September 4, 2016
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
event

Real/Ideal: Photography in France, 1847–1860

August 30th - November 27th, 2016
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049