Symbols of ourselves
& Daughter of an architect,
de Mari Mahr

9-23 novembre 2004
Librairie Galerie Racine
23, rue Racine - 75006 Paris
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textes traduits par Anita Beldiman-Moore

Symbols of ourselves

"All through the ages and in all cultures there have been effigies made to represent us - sometimes for religious reasons, sometimes for commerce and sometimes just for play. My house is full of them.
I see these faces around me not as specific representations of particular people, but representing all people. This generic quality has made them especially suited to their being cast as characters with universal significance in some of my previous works.
These portraits are a tribute to this international ensemble that surrounds me."

De tous temps et dans toutes les cultures, nous avons fabriqué des effigies destinées à nous représenter - parfois pour des raisons religieuses, parfois dans un but commercial, parfois pour le jeu. Ma maison en est pleine.
Je regarde ces visages qui m'entourent non comme des représentations spécifiques de telle ou telle personne en particulier mais comme la représentation de nous tous. Cette qualité générique en a fait les personnages parfaits et universels dans certains de mes travaux précédents.
Ces portraits sont un tribut à cet ensemble international qui m'entoure.


Daughter of an architect

"Last year I bought my first digital camera - a Leica, an unassuming black box (not unlike their first cameras of the last century) - only this was a modernist box, and herein lay the attraction for me. This was going to be just perfect to make my long overdue series - my response to my father's expectations for me to become an architect.
His, was a life full of historical and personal challenges - time spent in Germany and Paris in the 1930s; more than a decade teaching architecture in Santiago de Chile in the 1940s and then designing a major new city in Hungary in the 1950s.
A Bauhaus-educated architect, he brought me up to be modernist to the core and to be deeply interested in all things architectural. Although I could never live up to his expectations and become an architect myself, with his professional instruments (a family heirloom) and now with this perfect camera, I have at last made this tribute to him.
When I was a child, these instruments were on his table - always to be respected and not to be touched. So this is an homage, albeit with a measure of rebellion on my part!

L'an dernier j'ai acheté mon premier apareil photo numérique - un Leica, un boîtier noir passepartout (pas si différent de leurs premiers appareil du siècle dernier) - mais un boîtier moderniste et c'est ce qui engendra mon attirance. C'était juste l'idéal pour une série voulue depuis longtemps - ma réponse aux espoirs de mon père de me voir devenir architecte.
Sa vie à lui fut pleine de défis historiques et personnels - temps passé dans l'Allemagne et le Paris des années 1930 ; plus d'une décennie d'enseignement de l'architecture à Santiago du Chili dans les années 1940 puis la réalisation d'un importante ville nouvelle en Hongrie dans les années 1950.
Architecte de l'école Bauhaus, il m'éleva au coeur même du modernisme et m'attacha à tout ce qui est architecture. Même si je n'ai jamais pu réaliser ses espoirs et devenir à mon tour architecte, j'ai réalisé, avec ses instruments professionnels (mes bijoux de famille) et aujourd'hui ce parfait appareil photo, ce tribut à sa mémoire.
Quand j'était enfant, ces instruments étaient disposés sur sa table - à respecter sans toucher. C'est donc un hommage avec, cependant, une rebellion mesurée de ma part.


Mari Mahr 2004


Mari Mahr a eu la générosité de nous offrir son regard sur le monde et finalement sur nous mêmes pour illustrer nos pages. Nous lui souhaitons bonne chance pour son exposition à Paris cet automne. Et nous voudrions vous donner aussi l'occasion de feuillerer son oeuvre.


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Vous pouvez aussi retrouver Mari Mahr, ses textes et ses photos, sa voix inimitable sur ce site
http://www.zonezero.com/exposiciones/fotografos/mahr/menu.html


Née à Santiago du Chili en 1941, Mari Mahr a étudié le journalisme à Budapest et travaillé comme photographe de presse en Hongrie avant de déménager à Londres où elle continua ses études à la Polytechnic of Central London où elle fut diplômée en Arts photographiques en 1976.

Elle vit et travaille à Londres depuis.

Expositions personnelles :

1977 The Photographers' Gallery, London
Canon Gallery, Amsterdam
1978 Riverside Studios, London
1979 Light Factory, Charlotte USA
Gallery ABF, Hamburg
Gallery Art Something, Amsterdam
1980 Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
Serpentine Gallery, London (Summer Show)
1982 Moira Kelly Fine Arts, London
Il Diaframma, Milan, Italy
First Biennale of Photography, Caserta, Italy
1986 The Photographers' Gallery, London
1987 The Photography Centre of Athens, Greece
1988 Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand
Cupboard Space Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth NZ
1989 The Photographers' Gallery, London
Plymouth Arts Centre, England
Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, England
Untitled Gallery, Sheffield, England
Street Level Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
1990 Fotofest, Houston, Texas, USA
Primavera Fotografica, Barcelona, Spain
Visor Gallery, Valencia, Spain
Gallery Agora, Turin, Italy
1991 The British Council Gallery, Milan, Rome, Italy
The Photographers' Gallery Print Room, London
Les Atelier Nadar, Marseille, France
1992 Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
1994 Montage Gallery, Derby, England
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, USA
National Museum of Photography, Film & TV, Bradford (Retrospective)
Magyar Fotógráfiai Muzeum, Kecskemét, Hungary (Retrospective)
1995 Photosynkyria, Thessaloniki, Greece (Retrospective)
The British Council of Athens, Greece (Retrospective)
Untitled Gallery, Sheffield, England (Retrospective)
Porto Carras, Greece
The Photography Centre of Athens, Greece
La Villa Victoria, Mar del Plata, Argentina (Retrospective)
Centro Cultural Parque de España, Rosario, Argentina (Retrospective)
Teatro San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Retrospective)
1996 Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
Instituto Chileno-Britanico de Cultura, Santiago de Chile (Retrospective)
Universidad de Salamanca, Spain (Retrospective)
Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, England
Centro Andaluz de la Fotografica, Almeria, Spain (Retrospective)
1997 Verso Photo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1998 Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
1999 www.zonezero.com
Fotofo Gallery, Bratislava
2000 Bolt@Budapest Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
2002 Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
2003 Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
2004 Kraszna-Krausz Centenary exhibition, London/Budapest

Expositions de groupe et Evènements :

1978 Fantastic Photography in Europe, Amsterdam
International Group Junij, Yugoslavia
1979 European Colour Photography, London
About 70 Photographers, Arts Council, London
1980 Photography as Art, Art as Photography, Kassel, Germany
The Thin Line, Locarno, Switzerland
Contemporary Colour Photography, Salford, England
1981 The Thin Line II. Mexico
1982 Private Views, Arts Council, London
1983 Strategies, British Council (travelling)
South Bank Show, London
New Work by Nine Photographers, British Council
Autographs, Cambridge Darkroom, GB
1984 Multiple Images, The Photographers' Gallery, London
European Colour Photography, Musées de Vienne, France
Sky, Cambridge Darkroom, GB
1985 Four British Photographers, Fay Gold Gallery, USA
Landscape - Interior, Coracle Gallery, London
Revisions, Cambridge Darkroom, GB
1986 Festivals: Domestic Stories, Camerawork, London
Rencontres Internationales Photographiques, Arles, France
New Acquisitions in Photography, V&A Museum, London
Furniture-Sculpture, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
First Biennale of Photography, Ein Harod, Israel
1987 Multiple Originals, The Photographers' Gallery, London
1988 Media Show, Sheffield, England
Photography on the Edge, Haggarty Museum of Art, Wisconsin, USA
1988 'My Family - Myself' Untitled Gallery, Sheffield, England
First Biennale of Photography, Rotterdam, Holland
'Towards a Bigger Picture' V&A Museum, London
1989 In Celebration of Photography, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
Through the Looking Glass, Barbican Gallery, London
1989 Anima Mundi: Still Life in Britain, Canadian Museum of Contemporary
Photography, Ottawa, Ontario
Women Focusing, London
European Women's Imagination, Palazzina Corsini, Rome
Photo-Sculpture, Watershed Gallery, Bristol, England
1990 National Garden Festival, Gateshead, England
1991 Contructed Photography, Padiglioni d'Arte Contemprania, Milan, Italy
Die Vierde Wand - Photography as Theatre, Amsterdam
De Composition - British Council Touring Show
Electronic Age - National Museum of Photography, Bradford, Great Britain
Treading a Fine Line, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
1992 Realta e Surrealta, Aosta, Italy
Mai de la Photo, Reims, France
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Flora Photographica, Serpentine Gallery, London
2.Internationale Foto-Triennale Esslingen, Germany
1993 Los Angeles International - Paul Kopeikin Gallery, USA
Desert Island Pics, The Photographers' Gallery, London
Moving Into View, The South Bank Centre, London
Summershow, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
Phiz 93, The John Kobal Foundation, London
1994 Who is Looking at the Family? Barbican Art Gallery, London
Signals - Portrait of My Mother, Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edingburgh,
London
1995 Beyond Recognition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1996 Gender-Beyond Memory, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography,
Japan
Image de la Mère, Le Forum des Halles, Mois de la Photo, Paris, France
1997 Enigmatic Object, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
On The Bright Side of Life, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin,
Germany
Summer Show, FhE Galleries, Auckland, NZ
History - The Mag Collection, Ferns Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, UK 1998 Photographers Made in Hungary, Hungarian National Museum of
Photography, Kecskemét
1999 The Flower Show, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
Into the Light, Royal Photographic Society, Bath,England
2000 One Man’s Eye, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell, USA
Alchemy, Pamuk Bank Gallery, Istambul
Those Who Came, National Museum of Photography, Hungary
Staged and Manipulated , The Saint Louis Art Museum, USA
2001 Photosynkyria 2001, Thessaloniki, Greece
Contemporary Hungarian Photograhy, Institut Français, Budapest
XXS, Galerie Vrais Rêves, Lyon, France
Season of Photography Nantes - Bolt Gallery, France
Regard Hongrois, Palais Royale, Paris, France
2002 Seeing Things, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
John Kobal 10th anniversary exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
"Magyar Tekintet" Fotofest Spilimbergo, Italy
"Embody" Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, USA
2003 "Birthplaces" The Spitz Gallery, London
"The Auroral Light" The Grolier Club, New York, USA
"Pedras & Rochas em fotografia" Evora, Portugal
"Niños" Centro de Arte Salamanca, Spain
"Z15 (30x30)" Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
"Static" Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland
"A History of Hungary" Proud Gallery, London

Ses oeuvres ont été acquises par de nombreuses collections publiques :

The British Council, London
The Arts Council of Great Britain, London
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Kettle's Yard Gallery, Cambridge
FNAC Lyon, France
National Museum of Photography, Film & TV, Great Britain
Unilever Collection, London
Readers' Digest Collection, London
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Texaco Corporate Collection
Contemporary Arts Society, London
Warwich University Collection, Coventry, Great Britain
Scottish Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
Universidad de Salamanca Collection, Spain
The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
The Mag Collection, Ferns Art Gallery, Great Britain
City Bank, New York
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
British Airways, London
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece