Laurence Chellali ~ China

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About: "Photography entered my life as means of personal expression. It allows me to give my interpretation of the reality, to remodel it and to print my feelings there. I always look for the harmony between elements, whether they are material, colors or contrasts. Photography allows me to organize these elements so that they can co-live in a frame I choose."
Amour Perdu
[Lost Love]

By Laurence Chellali
[China]: Laurence Chellali, [2015]. Edition of 5 + 1 AP.

5.75 x 5.5"; 14 pages. Accordion fold from back pastedown. Printed on MOAB Entrada Bright 190g/m2. Wraparound binding in white ivory satin paper with blue lace accent on cover. Ribbon wraparound closure with metal title tab at end of ribbon. Wrapped in muslin silk scarf. Laid in two piece white ivory satin paper covered box. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Laurence Chellali: "Following in the footsteps of Madame de Staël, and through the reminiscences of a woman, I aim to explore the aching feeling of the incompleteness of one’s destiny, of that sorrow of the soul unique to romanticism that leads inevitably to a tragic end.

"At the same time, painful as these feelings are, she cannot let go of their appeal and yearns for times past. Alfred de Musset’s verses could be her own.

"The worship of nature is a strong component of romanticism. It can lead to contemplation of the mysteries of the soul, but also to violence, where man confronts his passions. In this photographic series there is no storm at sea but a mysterious and invisible force that enthralls like a first love.

"I endeavored to enhance the story’s atmosphere by creating a precious object that feels like a romantic personal diary full of melancholy and nostalgia.

"This book-object, like any intimate journal, is meant to be secret and kept in a woman’s lingerie drawer.

"And so it seemed to me that it ought to be made of quintessentially feminine materials such as lace, silk, and satin ribbon. The paper is soft and delicate to the touch. To maintain its intimate quality I wrapped it in a silk stole inside a satin-like box.

"The silk scarf is not a coincidence, for it is the final clue of this story: a symbol of the vanished dream and perhaps a lost maidenhead. We encounter it again in the next-to-last image when the woman sees he lover for the very last time."


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