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14.05.2012

 

Lise Sarfati's ’On Hollywood’ on show at Rose Gallery and here on GoSee

Lise Sarfati elaborates on her project ‘On Hollywood’: ‘I worked with Kodachrome 64 transparency film. The rolls were sent to Kansas in the only laboratory which still developed this film. I never saw the results immediately. I realized that this element of not seeing, not knowing, was a determining factor’.

‘This situation : where I had to wait and did not know brought me back to the mystery I felt when I discovered photography at the age of 13. A revelation, but after the fact. This Kodachrome film stock is also the one used in Hollywood movies of the 1940s. I wanted to complete the loop and end the story of Kodachrome film on Hollywood. I used this outmoded film stock in the context of Hollywood, which is at the peak of technological advancement and colossal production costs.

I was not part of a huge Hollywood production but on a boulevard where I photographed real women (without paying them, this I insist on in my work) who are considered outsiders. Their weaknesses became their strength, raising them to the rank of anti-heroes.

It is true that film, photography and video have surpassed painting and sculpture and that it may seem odd to return to Kodachrome slides when analog film, photography and video have been overtaken by the digital format. But it is precisely this paradox which interested me.

One often wrongfully compares photographs to paintings. This is nonsense. The image does not refer to painting but to something alive through which passes silence…

My series On Hollywood shows women who really live in Los Angeles.

They probably came to project themselves in the Hollywood landscape and to take advantage of the possibilities of success in this landscape. But everyone knows this story. It is a current affair.

Hollywood interested me more for the concept of landscape as fantasy. These women smoked in general. They are mostly dancers or actresses waiting for a part.’

Women in Hollywood. A pool of life that includes saleswomen, dancers, strippers, junkies, fetishists, unknown actresses … a life lived on the outskirts of life.

Held together in the eye of the miserable storm by nothing but one's own imagination.

The exhibition was displayed at the Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

Better late than never – now on GoSee.

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Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood

Rose Gallery : Lise Sarfati - On Hollywood