HARTUNG BERGMAN FOUNDATION SEMINAR - AUGUST 2015
SOMETHING ELSE IN THE ORIENT
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Something Else in the Orient
Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Giry, Milena Glicenstein and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis
Christine Peltre tells us of the status of “things” in the Orient imagined by nineteenth-centuries contemporaries: objects acquired in bazaars and souks, robes, cloaks, babouche slippers, turbans, headgear, carpets, etc. “Operators of belief, border agents, or reminders of proximity?” Everything would be a way of recalling sites and atmospheres, dazzling sights, even vain and doubtful, dangerous ones. In her photographs, Lala Essaydi, who was born in a harem, reinterprets this Orient made of slaves and chains, Western fantasies, up to and including beauty represented in artworks. For Christine Peltre, the “sentinels of the imaginary” are always on the watch.