For more than three decades, the Franco-American photographer has endeavored to tell the life of victims of exclusion. Portraits that are as artistic as they are instructive, which she exhibits all summer long at the Château de Laréole, in Haute-Garonne.
Immerse yourself in the retrospective of a thirty-year career as a photographer. From next Friday, June 3, the greatest moments in the career of Franco-American photography Jane Atwood can be found at the Château de Laréole as part of the MAP Toulouse photo festival.
Since the start of her career in 1976, the New York native has specialized in photographing people who are victims of exclusion. Thus, the 200 photos expose in particular the living conditions of the marginalized, such as prostitutes in Pigalle or even women incarcerated throughout the world.
“It’s not unhealthy curiosity, specifies the photographer who has won the most prestigious awards. It is the curiosity of wanting to know and understand. My job is to figure something out and I always have a lot of questions.”
One of the most important feats of her career dates back to 1987. For four months, nights and days, she lived with Jean-Louis, a man with AIDS. This is the first time that a face has been laid on the disease.
“I never come out of my subjects unscathed, but I am not destroyed by my subjects because I do something with them, sue the artist. It can become a book, an exhibition, a conference…”
The story of Jean-Louis, precisely, is one of the seven stories presented in the exhibition. The other stories are dedicated to Haiti, where Jane Atwood lived, but also to the “people” of Pigalle, whether transsexual, homeless or even prostitutes. The place of women in prison is also declined in a story and occupies an important role in the route offered to visitors.
The official inauguration of the exhibition will take place on June 10 at 6 p.m. at the Château de Laréole in the presence of the artist. For the rest, this photographic immersion in the world of the ignored is to be found until September 25, 2022.