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"A New York Odyssey: Photographs by Dolores Marat"
2000-06-06 until 2000-07-08
Paris-based Dolores Marat's photographs of New York form the second part of an
on-going trilogy of work portraying her personal experience of Paris, New York and
London over the last ten years.
I love to be lost in New York, despite the fact that I don1t speak the language. For me, it
has an incredible playfulness. As I have never come across French newspapers, I don't
know what is going on. I have the sensation of being a stranger, and emigré. This inability
to communicate dares me to take my photos.
Marat takes the viewer on a somnambulist's journey through the city, drifting in and out of
consciousness. Her photographs document the fantastic, the uncertain and the
indefinable in the surreal zoo-like spaces of modern cities. Wandering anonymously
through chic neighbourhoods and derelict terrain, Marat dispassionately captures filmic
moments on camera. The photographs are presented in the nostalgic colours particular to
the Fresson print, an old carbon process used by the pictorialist photographers of the
nineteenth century. It is a paradox that these images, which evoke the America of Robert
Frank and William Eggleston, are realised through an anachronistic and luxurious process.