March 11, 2009

Lise Sarfati - Immaculate (2006-2007)

The serie Immaculate took place in California, inside Catholic educational establishments for girls. The different high schools have been carefully chosen by the artist. She looked for places surrounded by the ‘Garden of Eden’ and she found it in Monterey, Sierra Madre, Alhambra and San Diego. The student girls photographed have decided of their attitude and expression. They are still in the garden of the school, just before returning home. The idea of “the fence” is central in this serie, referring to the enclosed garden of Middle Age. Lise Sarfati breaks the idyllic vision, when she captured the adolescent girls giving way to herself on the lawn of their school. Book published by Schirmer Mosel in Spring 2009, text by Thomas Weski.
Grew up in France, Lise Sarfati lives in Paris. She obtained a master’s degree in Russian studies from the Sorbonne. She was the official photographer of the Academy des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Sarfati moved to Russia and photographed there for ten years. She received grants from both the Fiacre and Villa Medicis. She received the Prix Niepce in Paris and the Infinity award of International Center of Photography in New York for her work.
Related Post : Lise Sarfati Exhibition in Italy [08-2008]

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