Sunday, March 22, 2009
Opening Final Friday, March 27th is "Chrysalide," an exhibition of new photographs by Camille Cier. From 6-11 pm that evening the gallery will host the artist and her work with a catered reception.
The exhibition continues through April 18th, with regular gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday from 11-3 pm.
Camille Cier graduated two years ago from "Ecole de Conde" in Lyon, France, although she has been working on the series of photographs featured in this exhibition for four years. Cier started the project as a documentary about her cousin Alma when she was 13 years old. "Qui suis je?" (who am I?) is the question teenagers continually ask themselves on the road to adulthood, and "Chrysalide" is a series that focuses on one girl's tumultuous quest to find an answer.
As the series evolves we see Alma transition from a girl not yet ready to part with her childhood to a young woman with a sense of peace and identity related to her body and her perceptions. The photographs portray Alma as a character in a story we've all played a role in. Her individual struggles and triumphs come across in a third person narrative that lets each viewer see their own face, their own identity, and their own realizations mirrored and transposed. Camille Cier photographed Alma without giving her instructions or directing her actions, they simply "walked in the places we were discovering together, letting her mind go to her girl preoccupation, her world."
Join us Final Friday to explore the work and meet the artist. Everyone will enjoy a night of good company, good food, and great art at 1305 Gallery!
See you all soon!