Exhibitions: "Sylvania" by Anna Beeke and "Intersection" by Léa Eouzan
The exhibitions will be on view from October 14th to November 14th, 2015
As a part of the 8th edition of FotoWeek DC festival, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with Cross MacKenzie Gallery, present the exhibitions “Sylvania” by Anna Beeke and “Intersection” by Léa Eouzan.
By depicting the confrontation between nature and human society, the visual French-American dialogue between Anna Beeke and Léa Eouzan explores the physical presence of the forest in the contemporary world as a metaphor for the chaotic, yet passionate relationship between human beings and nature. Such an encounter forged the myth of the Universal Forest in our collective imagination, a labyrinth of woods barely marked by human presence.
In “Sylvania”, Anna Beeke examines the magic and necessity of woodlands by capturing their uniqueness without denying their universal aspect. Representing chaos and peace, beauty and terror, the forest has always been a matter of fascination for the human experience. The Brooklyn-based artist Anna Beeke holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and a bachelor in English from Oberlin College which echoes in his work by the intense use of the myth as a genre.
It is also the crossroad between nature and human beings that Léa Eouzan intends to explore in “Intersection”. The exhibition examines what remains and what disappears in order to shape nature into a memory place for the human experience and vice-versa. The Corsica-based artist particularly focuses on memory as a collective process and wonders how human beings reshape Nature's identity and reconsider their own perspective on the places they transformed.
After graduating with distinctions from the National Superior School of Photography in Arles in 2006, Léa Eouzan’s first exhibition entitled “Histoire(s) contemporaine(s)…” featuring photographs taken in concentration and extermination camps in Europe, analyses the commemorative process. “Intersection” also captures the mark led by human society on nature and the inevitability of the wilderness return. By analyzing a place layer by layer, Léa Eouzan intends to bring its history to the audience.
An opening reception, hosted by Anna Beeke, will take place on October 14th. Léa Eouzan will attend a second reception November 10th.