Carlotta Bailly-Borg, Valérie Belin, Nina Childress, Michele Ciacciofera, Erik Dietman, Sylvie Fanchon, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Natacha Lesueur, Lucile Littot, Mathieu Mercier, Chloé Quenum, JC Ruggirello, Elsa Sahal, Thomas Schütte.
The core of my nature, no matter what anyone says, is the clown." (Gustave Flaubert in a letter to Louise Colet)
Bringing together artists and works which confront the notion of derision and question the role of the artist in contemporary society is not new. At the beginning of the last century, Paul Klee had already been using the figure of the clown to address the precarious living conditions of artists. Has nothing changed ? Has this character, who has been used throughout the history of art and literature, kept his usefulness to signify, in a parodic and indirect way, the place of art in society - as well as the sometimes pathetic character of existence ?
Lady Heart, the work of Valérie Belin, is part of a new series of photographs entitled Heroes, which is partly inspired by the codes of theatrical representation and mime.