"Streets and faces, the city surrounds that the motorized civilisation has rendered classless, gatherings of friends and families, places to stroll : here in France or elsewhere, far away in China or closer to home in Israel, Marie-Noëlle Boutin succeeds in developing a realistic representation without reverting to the aggressive signs of a contemporary world caricatured at will. This work is a reading of shapes and signs by the means of defamiliarization : building up an observation of the world that highlights what proximity and habit tend to  dissimulate. Situations deprived of anecdote but sculpted in a light that celebrates their vitality, a minute consecration of spaces generally repressed in the imagery of communication, attentive to the calmness of beings : Marie-Noëlle Boutin describes a fragile state of peace." […]

Extract of text by Michel Poivert
Coproducer
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dunkerque
Released
17/11/2010
Collection
Hors Collection
Format
295 x 240
Relié couverture cartonnée
62 color photos
112 pages
ISBN : 978-2-35046-203-5
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Marie-Noëlle Boutin was born in 1971, studied photography at St-Luc de Tournai in Belgium and the University of Paris VIII and filmology Lille III. In 2003, she participated in a first artist residency in Senegal. Then she continued her work in Benin, Palestine, Ireland and Israel. Following a journey of "100 French young artists in China," she leads a residence in 2007 at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
Michel Poivert Born in 1965, Professor of Contemporary Art History / History of Photography in Paris 1 University in 1992 He spends his doctorate in history of art at the pictorialist photography, under the direction of José Vovelle . He participated at the same time rescuing SFP threatened with closure, he took the chair. He will head the exhibition "Utopia photographic" the MEP.
Pascal Le Brun Cordier is a professor at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Aude Cordonnier Chief Curator of Heritage Museum and Director of Dunkirk.