For her first solo exhibition in a French institution, Marguerite Bornhauser presents “Moisson Rouge”, which evokes the film noir genre and the narrative underlying Henry Wessel’s work.
Marguerite Bornhauser graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles (2015) after studying literature and journalism. Her work combines an editorial approach with numerous literary references. The title of her exhibition at MEP, “Moisson Rouge” makes reference to the novel Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, a Hollywood screenwriter and pioneer of the American detective novel.
Marguerite Bornhauser follows the overarching theme woven throughout our two main shows this season, “A Dark Thread,” by Henry Wessel, and “Fil Noir,” which features works from the MEP collection. The exhibition design evokes the intriguing world of film noir: Marguerite Bornhauser associates previously unrelated images in diptych form, giving them a new meaning that invites us to create our own narrative.
The exhibition comprises some twenty works, including a series of Cibachrome diptychs. For the occasion, the artist and MEP collaborated with Cadre en Seine–Choi, one of the last remaining laboratories in Europe to use the Cibachrome process, whose vibrancy and lustre appeal to photographers and young artists interested in colour and materials. Marguerite Bornhauser also focuses here on the ambiguity between still and moving images, and a video exploring this duality is presented in the exhibition.
Among the artist’s recent publications is the book 8, based on an eponymous series of photographs for which she followed in Françoise Sagan’s footsteps. She also gained recognition for her previous book, Plastic Colors, a finalist for the MACK First Book Award in 2015.Marguerite Bornhauser, Sans titre, De la série Moisson Rouge © Marguerite Bornhauser