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Exposition Photos-Souvenirs à la galerie Sous Les Étoiles à New York.

Du 3 avril au 17 mai 2014.
Vernissage en présence de l'artiste le 3 avril à 18h.
Présentation du travail par l'artiste le 7 avril de 19 à 20h.

Galerie Sous Les Etoiles
560 Broadway #603
New York - NY 10012
Tel : 212.966.0796

 (NEW YORK, March 13, 2014) Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is pleased to present Photos-Souvenirs by French Morrocan photographer Carolle Bénitah. The exhibition, opening April 3rd, will highlight mixed media pieces from Bénitah’s Enfance and Adolescence Photos-Souvenirs series.
Carolle Bénitah, who worked for ten years as a fashion designer before turning to photography in 2001, incorporates the art of sewing and beading into her photographs. In Photos-Souvenirs, explores the memories of her Moroccan childhood by reworking and threading old family snapshots. In what the artist describes as “excavations,” photos are unearthed from albums and shoeboxes, classified, scanned, transposed onto new paper, and finally hand beaded and embroidered by the artist. This final step, accomplished with red, black, or gold thread and wire and glass beads—chosen for their shine and delicacy—is a revelatory act for the artist.
“There is nothing subversive about embroidering, but I corrupt it through my intentions,” writes Carolle Bénitah. “I use its falsely decorative artifices to reinterpret my history and to denounce its failings.” She continues, “Each photograph lifts the veil from the past. It is a story of revelation. It is work related to emotions.” Through this deeply personal reexamination of family ties and childhood memory, which according to the artist can be likened to archaeological work of the soul, Bénitah seeks to discover more of her identity and uncover a history of family secrets.
The internationally acclaimed work of Carolle Bénitah is part of notable public and private art collections, such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Sunnhordland Museum (Bergen, Norway), Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo (Oaxaca, Mexico), and the collections of Marin Karmitz (Paris, France), Sir Mark Fhers Haukhol (Houston), Jacques and Galila Hollanader (Brussels, Belgium), and Jan de Bont (Los Angeles). Her work has been published in magazines such as Leica World, Shots Magazine, Photos Nouvelles, Spot, Center for Photography Houston, Foto Noviny, and Lens Culture, among others. Carolle Bénitah was born in Cassablanca (Morocco) and graduated from the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (Paris). Her Photos-Souvenirs series has also been selected to exhibit in FotoFest’s 2014 Discoveries of the Meeting Place showcase of past Bienniale portfolio reviews. Carolle Bénitah is currently working on the series’ third and final installment, Adulte, to be published together with Enfance and Adolescence in a photo book set to release in the fall of 2014.



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