Susan Meiselas. Mediations
Tour of the exhibition by Clara Bouveresse
27 February 2018
18h00 to 19h30
Jeu de Paume, Paris

The retrospective by American photographer Susan Meiselas (1948, Baltimore) brings together a selection of works from the 1970s to the present. A member of Magnum Photos since 1976, Meiselas interrogates the practice of documentary. She first came to wider attention for her work on the war zones of Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, and particularly for the power of her colour photographs.
Ranging over a wide range of subjects and countries, from war to human rights, cultural identity or the sex industry, Meiselas uses photography, film, video and sometimes archive material in a constant effort to construct narratives with the active participation of her subjects.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition of Meiselas’ work in France to date. It brings out her distinctive, personal approach to the conflicts she covers, taking in geopolitical realities while questioning the status of images in relation to the context in which they are perceived.

For Jeu de Paume she has created A Room of Their Own, a new work commissioned in 2015 and inspired by her work with Multistory, an association based in the UK. The work was made in a refuge for women suffering domestic abuse. The resulting installation comprises five videos giving the background to the artist’s photos, along with collages and drawings.

Tour of the exhibition by Clara Bouveresse, a historian of photography specialising in the Magnum agency, on “Young People’s Tuesday” at Jeu de Paume:
Free admission for students and visitors under 26. Or free admission on presentation of the exhibition ticket of the day.

Young Visitor’s Tuesday: Free admission for students and visitors under 26 every last Tuesday of the month from 11am to 9pm.


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