Get a glimpse of the Paris Vintage 'Imaginary Extensions' art exhibition by Didier Naert in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Alliance Française Dubai and ANTIDOTE are proud to present French artist Didier Naert latest artworks with the support of Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach.
Didier Naert, movie set designer and artist, works on a very particular medium, the vintage photographic editions. Using that medium, he explores the potential of these old photography as it combines the filmmaker’s eye and the imaginary world. Printed on aluminium or black paper board, Naert draws with gouache around the vintage prints giving the compositions a dreamlike aspect, in which the cinematographic framing, a universe familiar to Naert, is incontestably present.
In this first Dubai show, Didier Naert will present his latest artworks of 1961 shots of 'Halles de Paris' and Parisian streets. The cinema enthusiast will spot some images taken for 1963 Billy Wilder movie "Irma La Douce'.
The complete work offers a new vision of the popular Paris of the 50s and 60s, taking the viewers to a curious and enjoyable trip with many surprises.
Date: from June 4 until July 31, 2015 Where: Plantation, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach - The Walk, JBR Free Entry
Poissonniers décor MGM This is a slide of the setting for the film “Irma la Douce” by Billy Wilder. In the foreground, we find references to the film’s techniques, cinemascope frame, second plans extensions, light specifications, and also the actors and extras taking part in the production.
Notre-Dame This piece showcases a photography by Eugene Atge from 1880. Atge,is one of most relevant and eminent photographers in the history of the discipline in France. Here his piece is paired with an anonymous image of the 1960s, in a composition that reproduces the Seine harbour in the soft colorful light of the sepia tone prints from the 19th century.
Remorques It is the title of a film by René Clair from 1940. These are the photographs Alexander Trauner, Production Designer took when scouting for set locations. It shows a composition where the interior and exterior of the boat intertwine in a dream like atmosphere at dusk.
Perspective rue des Halles Les Halles of Paris, the famous "Le carreau des Halles" was the central market of the city, that has later been relocated to the suburbs. All the vibrant activity in the heart of Paris, depicted here, is now gone. This is a forgotten slide brought back to life by a ghostly drawing.
Callipyge This is a photograph taken atthe Paris Halles district in 1961. It is an enlarged slide showing typical Parisian street life. The drawing is an imaginary view into the back of the scene: the stairs and corridors that lead to the hotel rooms, as well as the continuation of the street into the neighborhood.
Scénographie A photograph I took during the shooting of "Don Giovanni" a film by Joseph Lose, paired with and an anonymous one taken in Venice in the late 19th century. Here the Palladio Rotunda has been relocated to a lake shore.
Moscova This is the incongruity of combining two photographs and what the result might be. One shows the Bercy neighborhood (Paris) circa 1940 and the other, a scene of a 1920s film, giving life to this unexpected and strange new scene.
Port Crépuscule This could be the title of a film. Starting from an anonymous photograph of an unknown port, the drawing creates a stormy atmosphere where clouds submerge through the entire composition and the port seems to stretch out to infinity.
Chambre noire What is a photograph? With one of my own images and a scouting photograph by Alexander Trauner from 1960, I compose a strange and incongruous space where viewpoints are confused,bringing up the question of the meaning of photography.
Cyanotype Paris Inspired by a photograph on glass from 1878. The series of Paris drawings illustrates and accompanies the memory of this part of the city; it is the scouting in time for an imaginary set.