Musée de la Photographie André Villers, Mougins, hosts HSBC Prix pour la Photographie to show work by photographers, Cerise Doucède and Noémie Goudal. 29 June – 16 September 2013.Photography has been top of France's political culture for a number of years. This is evident in premier shows as Les Recontres Arles Photographie (1 July – 22 September 2013), and Paris Photo (14 – 17 November 2013), which had its inaugural show in Los Angeles at the centenary of Paramount Pictures (Los Angles) this April.
This summer the 18th edition Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, created under the aegis of the Fondation de France, will show the work of two little-known photographic talents at the Musée de la Photographie André Villers, Mougins, 29 June – 16 September 2013.
The two artists selected from the ten nominees include Cerise Doucède, a former student of the Ecole de Photographie SPEOS Paris (2009-2010), whose work has been described as “defying gravity” in a series of dreamlike surreal images against backdrops of unperturbed human presence, and Noémie Goudal, a former student of the MA Photography from the Royal College of Art, 2010, who juxtaposes nature and culture, or, as she puts it, the organic as “invaded” by the man-made.
Oliver Lécine, Director of the Musée de la Photographie André Villers, Mougins, who was selected by the iconographic world-recognised photographer of Picasso, André Villers, to run the museum and is in charge of developing its prestigious fine art exhibitions policy, said: “The HSBC prize enjoys a hugely prestigious international reputation. Besides the outstanding quality of the photographers winners, the international prestige of this prize brings international attention, on which one should speculate and visit.”
He paid tribute to the legacy of André Villers, the museum founder, who was a close personal of Picasso who, with other seminal twentieth century photographers, documented the personal side of Picasso's life, along with leading European modernist artists and creative personalities who visited Mougins during the formative period of post-war European modernism.
“André Villers not only has a very close relationship with the museum and artistic legacy of the area, but he became one of the greatest portrait artists of many of the artists, including Picasso, that or have lived or visited the area.
"André Villers has made a significant donation to the museum. This comprises not only a unique primary collection of his own photographs, but also the work of other seminal twentieth century photographers by asking friends as Robert Doisneau, David Douglas Duncan and Lucien Clergue to contribute."
Winners of the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie prize were chosen from a panel chaired by Peter Boyles, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Continental Europe and Head of Commercial Banking Europe; Christine Raoult, Deputy Head of Public Relations for HSBC France and Executive Director and the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie and the artistic advisor; Dr Emmanuelle de l’Ecotais, who specialises in early photography and is a Man Ray specialist. She co-curated the Man Ray exhibition at the Grand Palais in 1998, International Centre of Photography and Madrid, Reina Sofia in 1999, and works as a project manager for photography of Modern Art of the City of Paris Museum, where she is currently preparing a retrospective Man Ray exhibition in Australia.
The Prix HSBC pour la Photographie exhibition will tour:
Galerie Seine 51, 51 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, 17 May– 16 June 2013.
Musée de la Photographie André Villers, Porte Sarrazine, 06250 Mougins villages, 29 June – 15 September 2013.
L’Arsenal, 3 avenue Ney, 57000 Metz, 27 September – 27 October 2013.
Images reproduction courtesy of HSBC Prix pour la Photograhie.