LETTER OF SEMINAR 82
 

ARTS & SOCIETIES

With the support of the Foundation of France and Olivier Berggruen
Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

HARTUNG BERGMAN FOUNDATION SEMINAR - AUGUST 2015

SOMETHING ELSE IN THE ORIENT
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Fondation Hartung-Bergman

Christian Peltre
Something Else in the Orient

 


Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Giry, Milena Glicenstein and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis

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            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.

Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


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