Exhibitions

Marie Liesseマリー・リエス

Story of a Bridge between Two Worlds

supported by L'OCCITANE with the patronage of JANPIA

curated by Marina Amada

11:00 - 18:00|Closed: 9/28, 10/5, 12

* Admission accepted 30 mins before the venue closes.

In front of the sun-filled window of Louis Braille's music hall, Sallé is standing behind an elegant grand piano. National Institute for Blind Youth. Paris. France. 2013 © Marie Liesse

Musée Rodin. With both hands, Louis studies the hollows and protrusions of the sculpture shaped by the hands of Rodin.
Musée Rodin. Paris. France . 2013 © Marie Liesse

Louis and Joseph are waiting for the train on the subway platform. With radiant faces, they are happy to have chosen the metro as a scenery for the picture. Métro Vaneau. Paris France. 2013 © Marie Liesse

French photographer Marie Liesse traces the footsteps of her husband’s late blind friend by taking the portraits of students attending the National Institute for the Blind Youth. The photographic exchange between the students and Marie Liesse echoes the remembrance of her husband’s adolescent friendship, and conveys the bridge that exist between the two worlds – that of the blind and the sighted.
In addition to photographic works and documentary films, the exhibition also presents touchable photographs which were produced in collaboration with the visually impaired community in France and Japan, creating a space where visitors can experience Marie Liesse’s works with their own sense.
Marie Liesse
Born in 1974 in Paris, Marie Liesse developed her passion in photography and cinema after law studies, especially during a two-year stay in Argentina. She received training in film and photography at the School of Gobelins and the Ateliers Varan, and gained experiences from working for the Fnac photo galleries department. Her artistic projects often bear the presence of a child in the scene, capturing their imagination, unexplained joys and elusive anxieties. She employs photographs, films and short stories to reveal the evolving characters during the fleeting childhood. She made her first documentary short film “Scrums”, a film about two teenage girls playing rugby in 2018, and co-authored a book "Le jour où je serai grande" inspired by the Thumbelina tale in 2020. During the ten years that she followed the lives of visually impaired children at the National Institute for the Blind Youth (INJA,) she co-authored a photo book "Lettre à Jean-Lin" and created a documentary film "Note for Note" to tell their stories.
Atelier Mitsushima Sawa-Tadori
Atelier Mitsushima Sawa-Tadori

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