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Photo-exhibition by French artist opens in Baku

05 December 2013 [15:43] - TODAY.AZ
By AzerNews

A solo exhibition by a French artist and photographer kicked off in Baku on December 4.

YARAT Contemporary Art Space, an organization promoting contemporary art, will hold the exhibition until December 18.

The exhibition will be held at Natavan Gallery in Icheri Sheher which shows the works of both emerging and established artists.

Alain Zimeray is inviting the visitors to share his view on eternity:

Women of the "Madonnas of the 21st Century" gallery, Parisian women whose legs are captured in pictures, tourists or Venetian ladies in Venice, all of them are part of human eternity. Women represent rebirth of mankind, they fascinate and attract, they are desired and abused, they can be frightening, and they often unleash passion.

It is from this obsessive fascination that the artist tries to free himself by taking pictures, letting us enter the sensuality of his images. Vulnerable but wrongly considered as the weaker sex, women will remain a mystery.

Venice and Paris: a very symbolic choice. Venice is where he breathes; Paris is where he lives; mysteries behind decrepit facades where shadows advance under the cover of a winter mist. Seen from the sky, Venice looks like a woman bathing in the male element of the surrounding water. At Acqua Alta, the man enfolds the woman in his arms, embracing her. Man's creation, a very relative eternity, but doesn't he often break the very thing he built?

Zimeray will also hold a short workshop at YARAT office in the Old City on December 5-7.

Alain Zimeray, 59, is an artist and photographer. From early childhood, he was plunged into the universe of contemporary art. It is through his father, a great collector, that he met artists such as Arman, Man Ray, and Peter Beard, gallery owners, and the artistic "tout Paris" of the 60s'.

His work focuses on femininity and the body, on portraits and on the sea. These themes are illustrated in the two books he has published, "Les Dames de la Mer" and "Sentinelle des mers" and featured in the numerous solo or joint exhibitions he has held.

One can recognize Alain Zimeray's work by its quest for a subtle touch of sensuality, whatever theme he chooses to address. His personal style may lie in the light "sfumato" found around women's legs, in the heaviness of the atmosphere, or maybe in the palpable grain of the black and white pictures where the entity of the image, the mistiness and the feel of the skins all merge into one.

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