DETROIT TURNED OUT TO BE HEAVEN…

WORK IN PROGRESS / Large photographic inkjet prints on Arches paper – 2017 / Enhanced by painting – 2018

I am a Parisian artist, back from a month stay in Detroit. I left with the idea of making a series of portraits, as well as a very personal inventory of the cities and places crossed. I already knew Detroit from staying there in 2014 for an exhibition of my work at the Museum of New Art. Having met so many great people and determined to return, in September 2017 I organized an apartment exchange between Paris and Corktown and I found a place at Pony Ride, an enormous space dedicated to creation, located between Mexicantown and Corktown. Established in 2011 as a non-profit, the space connects a large number of residents, artists, entrepreneurs, and designers all in the spirit of communal assistance and sharing. Being in good hands I let myself be guided by serendipitous meetings and wanderlust. In the course of one month, in this contagiously creative and energetic city, I was able to realize a large number of portraits of Detroiters, musicians, bike-riders, artists, workers, retirees etc…. without predetermined notions of genre, class, or typology, I photographed them at home or in their favorite places in the city. With artists met on site, we organized photo shoots at the Russel Industrial Center, as well as diverse spots in the city. The pieces made for this occasion, such as large masks made of recycled paper and cardboard are now on display at Pony Ride, and large photographic inkjet prints will be part of a next exhibition in September 2018 at Galerie Camille, 4130 Cass Avenue, Detroit.