Jean-Luc Moulène

Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain

FOR THE ONGOING PROJECT “Documents,” begun in the late 1990s, French artist Jean-Luc Moulène creates photographs that explore the interconnections between public commerce and art. Two well-known series within this project are “Les Filles d’Amsterdam” (Amsterdam Girls), 2005—close-up portraits of naked prostitutes, crouching so that their shaved genitals have equal billing with their hard-looking faces—and “Objets de grève” (Strike Objects), 1999–2000, which document what Moulène calls “objects of altered production” made by striking French factory workers: bright red shoes, strike maps, political figurines, a red adaptation of the original iconic blue Gauloises cigarette pack. Rather than keeping any of Moulène’s series intact or otherwise conforming to the conventions of the retrospective format, however, his recent exhibition at the Carré d’Art instead emphasized the links between his

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