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LAY, Géraldine

Portrait-Geraldine-LayBorn in 1972 in Mâcon.

Lives and works in Arles.


A 1997 graduate from the ENSP, Géraldine Lay partnered Céline Clanet, François Deladerrière and Geoffroy Mathieu in a collective project published by Filigranes under the title Un mince vernis de réalité (A Thin Gloss of Reality). In 2006, she began a series of portraits in the streets of Rome – the result of a grant from the “Septembre de la Photographie”, Lyon. She continued this research in Les Failles ordinaires (Ordinary Flaws) in the north of Europe, thanks to a grant from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regional council and the DRAC (2007-11). She has enjoyed residencies at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Saint-Gaudens, Image/imatge in Orthez, and at the Phautomnales in Beauvais. The resulting series is to be published by Éditions Diaphane under the title Où commence la scène (Where does the Scene Begin), with an accompanying text by François Bon. Her images have also been shown at the Espace Malraux in Chambéry, the Atelier de Visu in Marseille, Le Réverbère gallery in Lyon, Paris Photo, the Artothèque in Grenoble and the Château d’Eau gallery in Toulouse. Les failles ordinaires with an accompanying text by J. Damez is to be published by Actes Sud to mark the occasion of this exhibition. Since 2005, Géraldine Lay has been represented by Le Réverbère.



Géraldine Lay presented her work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2010: Ordinary flaws at the Capitole.