On March 14th it was the finissage of the first pre-exhibition of my “Unexpected Photo Essay on Cortázar” (I called it “pre” because the photoreportage is still in progress but interest grew and exhibitions got organized). It was extended to March 20th.
Starting on March 15th and up until April 12th you can see some of the photos of these photo essay in two different Parisian venues.
38 rue Gassendi, 75014, Paris
(close by Montparnasse)
until early April
29 / 35 rue des Haies, 75020, Paris
(close to Nation)
until mid April
Because “original” is too much of a big word. Impossible and innecessary to know if we conceived was never done before. To assume that could mean that we ignore what our ancestors have done or thought. However, we can aim to surprise, to be impredictable and unexpected to our contemporaries, our bosses (they normally are not to up “unexpected” projects).
The story is a series of portraits of Cortázar’s readers and friends. I asked them to choose a passage from the book Hoptscotch that mentions a specific place in Paris, a street, a coffee place, etc. I would then photograph them in that place and asked them why the chose that specific passage.
The story will be published later this year in the Argentinean magazine Efecto Kuleshov, here on my site and in a final exhibition in late September/early October 2014.
In the exhibit you get to see the images and a little booklet including the name, the place, chosen passage and the personal reasons. Like in the image below.
A little background: Why Cortázar and why now?
Because 2014 is the 100th anniversary of his birth and 30th of his death. As a journalist I am guided by anniversaries. So I wanted to do a story about this writer that allowed me to discover (and rediscover) the city I have been living in for the past four years.
But how could I do an unexpected work about a narrator of unexpected stories? How could I avoid repeating the eternal system of articles, interviews, chronologies, walking through the same old angles?
My answer was to base my work on three axes: visual, playful and participative.
The photo essay was to be narrated using both texts and images, with an emphasis on the latter.
Playful just like a hoptscotch.
And participative like Hoptscotch a book that could be read from beginning to end or following a predetermined order of chapters to discover second story. A book that required the participation and complicity of the reader.
Click here to read the exhibition statement (in French)