Exhibition: – 2 May 2015
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
36 rue Falguière
+33(0)9-51 51 24 50
Elene Usdin: Femmes d’intérieur
March 31st - May 2nd, 2015
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, from 6pm to 9pm, the artist will be present
The series Femmes d’intérieur by Elene Usdin only includes unicas, painted by hand on the photography. The artist, who is an illustrator and a visual artist as well as a photographer, reinterprets famous paintings from the history of classical or modern art (by Raphael, Ingres, Schiele, Balthus etc), all portraits of women painted by men. These figures of the past, princesses or muses, now pose as cut-out silhouettes within a domestic environment, modern and mundane. They seem to merge with the furniture, in a feminist discourse by an artist who is constantly thinking about the representation of women through her work.
Stories - Photographs by Elene Usdin, forewords by Isabelle Blondie 240 x 330 mm - 96 pages - 28 euros
Born in 1971, Elene Usdin graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs of Paris in 1996. Working first as an illustrator and a set decorator for cinema, she regularly publishes her illustrations in newspapers and magazines. Visual artist, illustrator and photographer, she develops since 2002 an artistic body of work with precision and lightness and a great delicacy. Women are the favorite subject of her series, with an approach that plays with genre and stereotypes. Elene Usdin does not hesitate to put herself on stage, in self-portraits between derision, tribute to the great female figures of the history or inspiration found in fairy tales. Rewarded in 2006 by the Picto Prize for Young Fashion Photography and in 2008 by the International Photo Awards, her first monograph, Stories, was published in 2013 by editions Contrejour. In 2014, the Museum of New Art in Detroit showed a large retrospective exhibition of her work: Awake While I Am Dreaming.