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Corinne Mercadier

Galerie Isabelle Bongard

Corinne Mercadier’s photographs are like memories: they evoke places, times, and moods that the mind’s eye fuses into slightly faded compositions. The 20 works in this series—uniformly small, square, and untitled—offer fragmentary glimpses of a seaside town in southeastern France (the same one where Jean-Jacques Beineix filmed Betty Blue, 1986). In these unassuming views of beaches, boats, jetties, and rows of wood-frame houses, Mercadier explores and reconstitutes the private face of public space. There are no people to serve as markers of space or scale, only the ambiguous play of surface and light, an insistently planar geometry at odds with hazy colors and tones. Unlike a sweeping postcard-panorama that places the viewer at the same obligatory distance as the camera lens, the very absence of context serves here to reinforce the sense of immediacy: like a film sequence that starts

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