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10 August 2015

Vernacular!

Three Series from the Jean-Marie Donat Collection

Chapelle de la Charité

 

The three series presented are from a collection of 10,000 photos compiled over a period of more than 25 years. one of their distinguishing characteristics is the repetition of a detail, which creates a sense of strangeness that questions the source of my feelings. The body of work tells stories to those who know how to listen to them. TeddyBär features photographs taken in Germany between the end of the first world war and the late 1960s. Anonymous people pose alongside actors dressed up as placid or menacing polar bears, travelling across time. The history of Germany files past. BlackFace uses photographs of whites who painted their faces black for minstrel shows or private parties to question how the view of Afro‐Americans changed between 1880 and the late 1960s. Lastly, Predator brings together pictures by amateur photographers from around the world (1920‐1970) with one thing in common: the shadow of the photographer in a hat is in the image. Repetition creates the subject: the same man is everywhere, all the time, threatening.

 

Jean-Marie Donat

 

 

 

Publications: Blackface, TeddyBär, Predator, éditions Innocences.net, 2015.

Exhibition venue: Chapelle de la Charité.