Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux, or the perpetual movement
Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux photographed the inphotographiable: she managed to show in a stopped image the movement that continues. It is very disturbing. An exhibition at the European House of Photography in Paris unveils its visions of the Rio Carnival. Hypnotic. - Isabelle Cerboneschi.
From the 17 January, the walls of the European House of Photography, in Paris, will vibrate colors, forms, lights, frantic dances, joy, captured during the carnival of Rio by Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux.
Against all odds, against any rule that wants the eye enters an image by one point and out of another, it is panicking, by the hypnotic effect of a blur expertly mastered by the photographer.
The movement is the story of the life of this woman who comes out of a plane to jump on the deck of a sailboat, as others go from a train to the foot of a bus. The world is his stage and his field of exploration. One day here, and here she goes again to an elsewhere that she will tell in pictures, perhaps. Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux is never as happy as when she is: in Brazil, in India, in Russia, in Andalusia, where the movement, the joy, the faces, the emotions call it. The dance too.
Dance has been her passion since she was five, just like figure skating, by the way, that she started the same year. She has also pushed the love of the sport until becoming champion of France. The circular trajectory of a pirouette arched, repeatedly repeated, we find in his images, in these characters who dance to infinity. To infinity, because the photograph did not fix them, on the contrary, it accompanies the gesture.
Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux offers her subjects the opportunity to experience perpetual motion. "When we go to a show and we take a picture, it freezes for a moment and that takes away all the magic," she says. I want to perpetuate the dream, I want to show, in a fixed image, the movement that continues. "
In front of his images that will be exhibited in Paris three weeks before the next edition of the Rio Carnival, we feel caught in the dance. There is something of the order of joyous invitation in these photographs. All these colors, these luminescences, these points like comets seem to vibrate, though motionless. Do the photos of Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux have this shamanic power to bring us into another space-time?
"I try to show the joy. And more than joy: an energy. I would like that, when we look at these images, we feel good, we perceive something positive, explains the artist. In a world a little dark, I try to put a little shine. The light. "
Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux, "Momentos Cariocas". Curators: Jean-Luc Monterosso and Jean-Luc Soret. From 17 January to 25 February 2018, at the European House of Photography, 5 / 7 rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11h to 20h. www.mep-fr.org