We have set our work on a careful reading of the texts, working on original sources and trying to combine history and legend, as if they both belonged to these confused times we call the present, and as if we discovered them for the first time. We have therefore followed the example of the artists of the past who have transposed without hesitation sacred stories in their own time, using, for example, the surroundings of Florence as a background. (from a text by Serge Bramly and Bettina Rheims)
Bettina (Caroline Germaine) Rheims is a French photographer born in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 18 December 1952. Bettina's photographic career began in 1978, when she took a series of photos of a group of strip-tease artists and acrobats, which would lead to her first exhibitions. This work would unveil Bettina Rheims’ favourite subject, the female model, to which she would frequently return during her career.
At the beginning of the 1990s, Bettina Rheims worked on one of her major series, entitled Chambre Close (1990-1992). This was her first in colour and marked the start of her collaboration with the novelist Serge Bramly, in a work which saw her photographs coupled with the writer’s fiction. In its form, Chambre Close is a parody of the first pornographic photos — rooms with faded walls, old fashioned wallpaper — yet, in its substance, it endeavours to stage amateur models in poses playing on the eroticism and the confusion between those who are looking and those who are showing themselves.
In 1995, Bettina was invited by Jacques Chirac at the end of his presidential campaign to work behind the scenes on a series of photographs following the final stages of the election. After the election, the Presidency of the French Republic commissioned Bettina Rheims to take the official portrait of Jacques Chirac.
The decade drew to a close with the 1999 publication of the book I.N.R.I. and its eponymous exhibition. Once again uniting the gaze of Bettina Rheims with the prose of Serge Bramly. I.N.R.I. builds a philosophical dialogue on the history of the crucifixion through photographs of scenes of the life of Christ. In France, the publication of this work was highly controversial.
In 2002, Bettina Rheims created a series on Shanghai during two long stays in the city. In 2005, at the Galerie De Noirmont, Bettina exhibited Héroïnes, a work that was primarily a homage to sculpture. She collaborated with the designer Jean Colonna to dress the women in original clothing. “Old haute couture dresses were thus re-assembled on each of these contemporary icons.
At the end of the 2000s, Bettina worked with Serge Bramly again and exhibited Rose, c’est Paris in 2010 at the National Library of France. The photographic tale was again built on a thread of fiction that Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly created from autobiographical elements. More
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