The European Parliament celebrates love in pictures

The neck is long, the face is hidden. Out of modesty, insolence, or perhaps out of boredom, Rita Dürmüller, with short hair and in a white boyish shirt, avoids the gaze of René Gröbli, who is sitting on an unmade bed in a hotel in Montparnasse. Elsewhere, she smokes, sleeps naked, puts on makeup, goes about her business in front of her husband’s lens, being a privileged witness to her charming, ordinary actions and gestures. Das Auge der Liebe (eye of love, 1952) is a wise and sensual souvenir album about a honeymoon spent between Paris and Marseille. It was he who opened “Songs of Love” at the MOOC, a choral exhibition in which photographs are collected as hymns of love, melodies of lost happiness.


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Tribute mixtapes exchanged between lovers “, clarifies curator Simon Baker, director of MEP, seeing in these selected works the surest way to mix, by ” kind of appropriation “, in ” the emotional landscape of people we know by word of mouth and the thoughts of people we don’t know The idea for the Groebli did not come from him, but from Pascal Hoel, head of the home photography collection: ” I fell in love with this diary, true to the classic yet radical aesthetic of the 1950s. the first to name and conceive his series as a whole, a declaration. It announces in this a large number of concepts conveyed sentimental journey Araki or Ballad of sex addiction Nan Goldin “.

Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in Bed, New York, 1986, from The Ballad of Sexual Addiction series, Cibachrome print, MEP Collection, Paris © Nan Goldin, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery

Them “guns of the genre” Side A highlights played on the first floor, where hits from the 1950s–1990s are linked in order of appearance. Serious mine Edith Morris (Edith1967-2012), Emmett Govin’s muse, Yoko’s neighbor, a pale doll that Nobuyoshi Araki contemplates constantly, from marriage to death (Sentimental Journey 1971 winter travel, 1990). Herve Guibert only looks at Thierry JunotThierry1976-1991), irresistible T. du Mausoleum of Loversa solar companion who, like him, was taken by AIDS, in 1992. Alix Cleo Roubaud also recognizes her near end when she poses with her husband, the poet Jacques Roubaud, in the secret of the bedroom (Untitled, 1980-1981). Love is made by many in Larry Clark, who chronicles the antics of a gang of ardent teenagers (Tulsa1963-1970), in the same toned vein as Nan Goldin and her New York shots. underground inhabited by lost souls, between ecstasy and Calvary (Ballad of sex addiction1979-1986).

René Gröbli from the Eye of Love series, 1952, gelatin silver print © René Gröbli, courtesy of Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

René Gröbli from the Eye of Love series, 1952, gelatin silver print © René Gröbli, courtesy of Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

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On the second floor, more recent images prolong the antics. Bye foreign business (2010) by J. H. Engstrom and Margo Wallard, and Personal letters (2000) Rong Rong and Inri trace two passions lived to the fullest, Sally Mann follows the decline of her husband Larry’s body on their Virginia farm (Proud flesh2003-2009), and Collier Schorr multiplies posing sessions with his partner Angel Zinoviev (Angel Z2020-2021).

RongRong&inri, November 23, 2000, from the Personal Letters series, 2000, improved gelatin silver print, ink manuscript © RongRong&inri

RongRong&inri, November 23, 2000, from the Personal Letters series, 2000, improved gelatin silver print, ink manuscript © RongRong&inri

Then the tone rises: in the manner of Ren Hang, Lin Zhipeng he is 223 extols the unbridled sexuality of Chinese youth (love colors, 2005-2021); Lee LeDare scrutinizes his ex-wife Megan LeDare-Fedderly before her husband Adam Fedderly imitates her (double bond, 2010); Hideka Tonomura intervenes in his mother’s private life (mother likes, 2007). ” With face B, the gaze is less distant and the risk factor is much greater. remarks Simon Baker about these unfiltered serials collected instinctively. ” They are less commonly seen in France, reflect the state of our research on the subject, and provide a variety of perspectives. It could not be otherwise, such different opinions, hardly categorical, about the causes of the heart. ” This space left for doubt, inextricably and intricately bound up with the convention that photography can be called “objective,” is the real theme of Love Songs. Simon Baker says.

Lin Zhipeng (aka N°223), Green Light, 2010, pigment inkjet © N°223, courtesy) (between gallery

Lin Zhipeng (aka N°223), Green Light, 2010, pigment inkjet © N°223, courtesy) (between gallery

Wish card it would even be wishful thinking, according to some who, like Man Ray, view the issue from the back. In the 1920s, his portraits of Lee Miller were deliberately blurred: “ They might as well be clean. Contrasting himself with the accuracy of the device, Man Ray accurately gives the impression that he is closer to his model. “. To be as close as possible to the other, if not to the other, to take part for the whole – such are the search for these variations on the same theme, where photography, an intermediary between admirer and idol, gives the first a consolation prize. For Nan Goldin, this is the equivalent of caress , for Emmett Govin, a kiss.As an extension of itself, a scientist, a technological body, equally incapable of receiving satisfaction.

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