ART & CULTURE
Until September 13, a photographic exhibition by Marie Genin will be happening in the Lou Babazouk art gallery. Centred on questions of identity, representation, and the human body, the title of this exhibition is “A Corps,” which means “a body” in French. The outcome of this exhibition is aimed at making people reflect on the place of the body in space. Situated in one of the Old Nice’s most dynamic districts, the gallery often showcases the work of local personalities, professionals, and amateurs. Their policy has been to give a voice to artists of all talents since August 2019, promoting art and culture in the city.
Marie Genin has worked independently as a photographer in many fields. She has been working and living between Nice and Paris since she graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris in 2013. To this day, she has always been intrigued by the human body and its relation to identity. As a result, she decided to focus her work and career on studying these two areas. In a series of multiple personal projects, she tried to uncover answers to her questions. Consequently, the photographs she took for the exhibition, “A Corps,” are integrated into a larger project committed to her questions on identity and body image.
In her photos, the artist attempts to demonstrate how the body contorts itself as a means of expression. More than merely interpreting body language, she studies how bodies fit in the space they are located. By displaying a broader spectrum of emotions she gives light to more complex identities. Accordingly, the themes she explores continuously change between disorder and consistency as well as dream and reality. She also tries to use movements in the form of choreography to create a different dialogue. Ultimately, she brings spectators along her journey in discovering how movement, posture, and décor contribute to the final image, highlighting the body as a living architecture.
- Charlotte Gillet