Corinne Mercadier

Galerie Isabelle Bongard

With her latest series of photographs, Corinne Mercadier comes full circle. For about ten years now, this Parisian artist has used a Polaroid camera to explore the ambiguous territory between public and private space. Starting with standard-format color photographs that she shoots with an ordinary camera and has developed commercially, she uses her Polaroid camera to invest the ready-made world of the snapshot with a contemplative awareness of time.

Until now, she applied her latter-day alchemy to landscapes and seascapes devoid of human figures. The places and spaces depicted are still anything but realistic in the new photographs, with their heightened contrast and diminished depth, not to mention their “polarized” palettes of rust, turquoise, and faded yellow. But here, for the first time, there are people as well: two young children, a man, a woman. Without exception, the figures are

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