Opens Friday, May 4th at 7pm.
Le Temps Devant (Our Time Ahead)
Anachronism and utopia in the French countryside by Frédéric Nauczyciel
Presented in collaboration with The Alliance Française de Washington D.C.
Friday May 4th, Honfleur Gallerywill present nine large-scale pieces of portraiture photography captured in the rural countryside of South-West, France between 2009 and 2010. The artist, Frederic Nauczyciel, explores rural life in the 21st century depicting a sort of utopia. While the images are not quite documentary in style; they would not classify as fiction either. Caught between a nether world, both photographer and subject are immersed in a non descript place in time. The portraits in Le Temps Devant were commissioned by Centre Photo Lectoure, an Art Centre located in Lectoure, a small town in South-West of France, in the middle of the countryside – an area called Gers.
From a very young man to a very old woman, the viewer will meet a doctress, a milk-fed veal breeder, a garlic cultivator, a retired farmhand woman, a traditional Franciscan priest, a retired sister of the Providence order, a young man rebuilding a traditional mud house, a stud farmer spouse, and a huntress.
Nauczyciel explains, “The presence of religious communities and the particular relationship with time led me to take into consideration the history of art and to understand that art which, up until that point, I had only considered to be images of a collective, western culture. Rurality, femininity, spirituality, art history, economy and fashion are all contained in these nine portraits.”
Frédéric Nauczyciel has received significant attention in France and overseas and has begun to attract recognition for his exploration of communities that exist right in the midst of this contemporary world, yet against mainstream acceptance.
The curator of Le Temps Devant, Amy Cavanaugh Royce (Maryland Art Place) adds, “Le temps Devant exhibition takes you to a place of history while simultaneously drawing a familiar connection with modern life. The photographs prompt the viewer to consider their lives, the role of the countryside today, farming and other rural lifestyles through a subconscious co-mingling of contemporary living. For instance, more recent movements towards buying local, supporting independent farmers, crop sharing and other ways of integrating modern life with our food source. That said, there is more to this work than that.”
Le Temps Devant will open Friday, May 4th at 7pm and runs through June 29th.
- Tuesday through Friday 12-5pm
- Saturdays 11-5pm
- and by appointment
Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC (between Martin Luther King Ave and 13th Streets, SE – Anacostia Metro). For more information visit www.honfleurgallery.com.