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Géraldine Lay

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Géraldine Lay

French artist Géraldine Lay, (b. 1972) lives and works in Arles, France. A graduate of the National Photography School in 1997, her work has been represented by the Gallery Reverbère, Lyon since 2005. Alongside her work as a photographer, she works as the manager of production in the Publishing Actes Sud, Arles.

Géraldine Lay

Biography

French artist Géraldine Lay, (b. 1972) lives and works in Arles, France. A graduate of the National Photography School in 1997, her work has been represented by the Gallery Reverbère, Lyon since 2005. Alongside her work as a photographer, she works as the manager of production in the Publishing Actes Sud, Arles.

Portfolio Les Failles Ordinaires

In 2005, Lay started travelling to countries in Northern Europe, visiting Finland, Sweden, Norway and Scotland with a constant impression of being surrounded by familiar settings, close to her own universe and at the same time being thrown into a strangely extraordinary world.

This series is a subtle mix of urban portraits, found objects and landscapes produced during short stays in northern cities, each title containing only the name of the city where the image was shot.  

Working fairly quickly, Lay stayed in each city for no more than 10 days, photographing passers-by as if they were actors on a film set, the landscape become a backdrop to a narrative fiction, establishing intangible connections between the various cities and their inhabitants. Nothing connects the cities traversed; only the images that constructs a fictitious link between them. 

Publications

Publications: 

2013 Des Attentes Éperdues, residency in Montauban, Centre du Patrimoine de Montauban

2012 Les Failles ordinaires, Editions Actes Sud        

2010 Où commence la scène, Editions Diaphane, Beauvais

2005 Un mince vernis de réalité, Editions Filigranes, Paris

Exhibitions: 

2013 Festival les Photaumnales de Beauvais, France

2013 I See Europe!, Stuttgart, Germany

2013 Festival Photofolies de Rodez, France

2012  Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France

2012  Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France

Additional information: 

Click here to listen to a series of conversations in French between the artist, Julie Jones and Michel Poivert. Presented in partnership with l’Ecole doctorale d’histoire de l’art, la Société française de photographie (SFP) and la MGI.