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Lisa Roze, Pink 7, Léa Seydoux, 2008 (detail)

Unique piece, gelatin silver print handpainted (painting and golden leaf), 16 x 20 cm
© Lisa Roze
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Lisa Roze//Pink Gallery 1

Overview of the exhibition
© Eli Bescont
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Lisa Roze//Pink Gallery 2

Overview of the exhibition
© Eli Bescont
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Lisa Roze//Pink Gallery 3

Overview of the exhibition
© Eli Bescont

PINK

Lisa ROZE
Solo-show

Women of Ill Repute

What did Marthe Richard go down in history for? The name of a law which closed brothels in 1946, leaving generations of young men orphaned, for lack of anywhere to secure their "deflowerment".  A little research soon unearths a character worthy of novels and films: an adventurer (in the broadest sense of the word), spy, aviator, high-society wife during the Belle Epoque and a wealthy, man-eating widow. In fact, her reality was quite different: locked in a brothel whilst still a minor, in a state of absolute social and human misery, she was "prostituted" until, preyed on by syphilis, her failing body could take no more - hell on earth!

Her life broadly illustrates the place of women in the twentieth century, and the story of these "women of ill repute" is an exaggerated mirror of humanity. 

Lisa Roze, in her series of photographs entitled, with false naivety, "Pink", offers us a terribly precious corpus - each photo is a unique piece, shot with a converted Polaroid camera, on paper that already no longer exists. All the photos are enhanced with gold leaf and re-painted by the artist herself, accentuating the singularity of each image. But Lisa Roze's universe traces a thin line between a baroque aesthetic on the brink of decadence and a sharp, political vision - transgression by beauty.

This project is designed as a film, a scenario.

We are in a Belle Epoque boudoir; the decor is that of a bordello à la Visconti, a veritable queendom full of girls. 

But these women are in danger - as the objects of men's desires, fantasies and refined perversions, their distress, subjugation and fear are tangible - Man is the oppressor. 

But liberation is on its way. This ode to women shows us the overthrow of power, insolence and the freedom of expression; women's choice to decide freely about their bodies and their desires, and their ambition to reduce man to an object - in short, the whole history of women!

Taken between 2008 and 2016, these photos include as models: Vanessa Paradis, Clotilde Hesme, Mélanie Laurent, Louise Monot, Mélanie Thierry, Mélanie Doutey, Louise Bourgoin, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Cécile Cassel as well as Thomas Dutronc or Nicolas Le Riche...

These artists all posed in custom sets imagined just for them.

Marthe Richard can be proud...

Mathias Coullaud, April 2016

 Overview of the exhibition

 Overview of the exhibition 

 Overview of the exhibition 

 Overview of the exhibition
EXHIBITION 27/05 > 9/07/16
Opening on may 26th
6 > 9 p.m
  • JEUDIS ARTY

    Lisa Roze - Pink 
    Visit/Lecture

    NOCTURNAL 2/06