2008 winners

Lourdes Grobet, Mexico

Sammy Baloji, DRC

Wu Qi, China

photographies entrées dans les collections du musée (2009)

Lourdes Grobet, Mexico

Portrait de Lourdes Grobet
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Born in Mexico in 1940, Lourdes Grobet lives and works in Mexico. By photographing "environments" for which she feels an affinity (such as that of the "lucha libre" in Mexico...), Lourdes Grobet has created a new form of iconographical documentary in the Mexican context. Since the 1970s, she has contributed to renewing the conditions of artistic practice in her country, highlighting the lack of flexibility in traditional direct photography and using various media to underpin her examination.
www.lourdesgrobet.com

 

balance and resistance

The project presented at the musée du quai Branly derives both from performance and installation. The artist has taken an interest in the representation of the concept of the East-West journey between America and Asia. 

She has crossed the Bering Strait, taking photographic and video images, collected satellite data for the area, and has produced an installation using video and photography. This work plays on a physical level with notions of border and migratory flows. 

The photographic series entitled East/West (72 photographs mounted in 36 diptychs) compares images of different places in a formal interplay of collision and reconciliation: Michoacan and the Acropolis, the Diomede islands and Beijing, Oaxaca and Pingyao.

The video "Fluxus", intended to be projected on the floor, evokes in split-screen the human and marine currents that characterise this area of the globe. 

The video "Frontiers" depicts a disturbing polar landscape around the Diomede islands, the (invisible) frontier between Siberia and Alaska.

Photos de la série Est/Ouest de la mexicaine Lourdes Grobet - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
East/West (c) Lourdes Grobet, musée du quai Branly, 2008
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East/West (c) Lourdes Grobet, musée du quai Branly, 2008
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East/West (c) Lourdes Grobet, musée du quai Branly, 2008

Sammy Baloji, DRC

Portrait de Sammy Baloji - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
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Born in 1978 in Lubumbashi, in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sammy Baloji still lives and works there. He is a member of the Vicanos club of Lubumbashi, an artists' collective founded more than 10 years ago. An arts and sciences graduate in Information and Communication, he first dedicated himself to cartoons, and then to photography and video. His "Memories" series was presented in the context of Photoquai 2007.

 

return trips

Using both video and photography, Sammy Baloji set off to seek out traces of the Kongo culture between Africa (the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville), France and Belgium. He offers a confrontation between past and present, between a memory of slavery and its resurgence, or permanence, in the societies of the former colonisers. By means of evocations of the memory of slavery and the history of the ships that transported the slaves, the artist has taken the bold step of employing as a guiding thread a dance called the "Congolese minuet", discovered in 2007 in the Nantes region. Talking to ethnomusicologists, photographing the prows of ships at the musée de la Marine, exploring the Tervuren Museum reserves and the photographic collection of the musée du quai Branly, filming French folk groups dancing the Congolese minuet, Sammy Baloji takes a trip back in time along the path marked out by the word Congo associated with dance. The final work he has produced takes the form of a wall of six images and a large format video screen. The photographic images depict views of the skull of Chief Lusinga, brought back as a trophy during the Belgian colonial conquest. The film uses a diptych of the views of shores, the open sea and a few moments of the Congolese minuet.

Allers et retours, photo Sammy Baloji - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Return trips, photograph Sammy Baloji, musée du quai Branly 2008
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Return trips, photograph Sammy Baloji, musée du quai Branly 2008
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Return trips, photograph Sammy Baloji, musée du quai Branly 2008

Wu Qi, China

portrait de WU QI, dans La chambre Blanche d'Arnaud Baumann - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
WU QI, Photoquai 2007, Arnaud Baumann's White Room (c) musée du quai Branly, photograph Arnaud Baumann

Wu Qi was born in 1966 in Kaifeng (Henan), in China. Presented during Photoquai 2007 with the series "The Day Does Not Know the Darkness of the Night" (Zhengzhou, 2006), he was discovered as a photographer during the Pingyao international festival of photography in 2006 A graduate of the Art Department of the University of Suzhou, he is recognized as one of the best Chinese designers. He received a prize at the Asia Photo Awards in 2007.

 

catholic china

Wu Qi has undertaken a trip to discover the Catholic communities in rural China. After a photographic field trip of more than three months that led him from the region of Zheng Zhou, where he was born, to various rural provinces of China and ultimately to the borders of inner Mongolia, he has produced two photographic series and about 60 images, showing a religious cult that has mutated on contact with local traditions, immediately visible in the ritual costumes and the jubilant nature of the liturgical events. 

- The private lives of the Chinese Catholics, 25 photographs
- Catholic and rural China, 34 photographs

 

 

Images du projet La Chine Catholique, de l'artiste Wu QI - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Catholic China, Wu Qi (c) musée du quai Branly, 2008
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Catholic China, Wu Qi (c) musée du quai Branly, 2008
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Catholic China, Wu Qi (c) musée du quai Branly, 2008

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