La Défense, the Venturing Gaze (video installation), 2018
A photo video essay, 2 screens in loop, 42min34s / vitrine with objects

Oltheten proposes a different and renewed approach to street photography, with a new form of narrative. Thanks to the combination of two screens, she shows and at the same time comments on, with humor and poetry, her own images. It is a kind of abyme between the street, the artist’s studio and the exhibition space. With this play between street-studio-exhibition, she manages to transform “La Defense”, this cold and inhuman territory, into an endearing and multicultural district where one crosses simple and ordinary people but whose trajectories are just incredible. [ Jury Nouveau Prix Decouverte, Rencontres d’ Arles 2018]

Without literally labelling major problems, this project touches on contemporary themes such as inequality, individualism, capitalism and religion. It is Street Photography 2.0 [Zilveren camera prijs voor storytelling 2018]

Shown at o.a Rencontres Photography d’ Arles (FR) 2018; Museum Hilversum (NL), 2019; Nieuw Dakota (NL) 2019, RAUMA Art Museum (FI), 2019; Frac Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, Marseille (FR); Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire 2020 (FR)

It originally had the form of a live performance > here

Performance, still, 2018

Installation overview, Galerie les Filles du Calvaire, 2020

Visitors at Galerie les Filles du Calvaire

Excerpt of La Défense, The Venturing Gaze

Detail vitrine: Objects used in the performance

Detail vitrine: Books used in the performance 

poignée (videostill)

Detail of exposition 'Nouveau Prix Découverte' at Rencontres d'Arles 2018

big crisis (videostill)

VISUAL THOUGHT, c-print, La Défense, 2017

shadow (videostill)

liberté (videostill)

liberte 2 (videostill)

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