© Manuela Marques

© Manuela Marques
Courtesy Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris

Katharina Bosse, Aki Ikemura, Manuela Marques

Katharina Bosse's most recent photographic series "Wildwoods" chronicles the abandoned New Jersey shore in winter. The muted light and somber atmosphere contradicts the summertime entertainment , revelry and sense of freedom. Katharina Bosse states:

"When I drove down the Jersey Shore to the Wildwoods, it was winter. I was alone with the motel signs from the fifties, the closed amusement piers, the boarded up places of entertainment. I was looking for a purity of architectural form that didn't reveal itself in the summer, with people occupying the space and the bright sunlight bringing out the colors. In winter, the colors of architecture did not have to compete against the blue skies and flashy clothing. Instead, they had a quality of subtlety and precision that appealed to me".

Bosse has lived and worked in New York since 1997. She grew up in Germany and studied Visual Communications at the FH Bielefeld. In 1994, she received a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) grant and began exhibiting in Europe and the United States. Her photographs were recently featured in a group show at the Museum of Modern Art.

Aki Ikemura was born in Japan but currently lives and works in Paris. Through her series of photographs and videos employing ethereal, transparent, evanescent forms, Ikemura restores the forgotten correspondence between what is minute and the macrocosm.

An excerpt from "A Cosmic Tale" by Judicaël Lavrador describes the video which will be on view: "… and a film entitled "Etoiles/Etoile" seems to direct nothing but a spectacle of the galaxy with two characters in the foreground. This video loop is a hymn to slowness, but is not stuck in pause mode; little dots come together and take the form of a star. Only, their movement is imperceptible and the metamorphosis ephemeral. In this muted world, events take place in slow motion.

Aki Ikemura's work has the deceiving rhythm of the movements of a weightless body. No doubt the only thing of weight in this marvellous otherworld traced by photos with syrupy colours. Unidentifiable pictures, they seem like blurry scans of a planet straight from a fantastic story. They are bathed in the evanescent mist that reveals glimpses of miniscule chalets nestled in hollows of a complex landscape. In their midst stands a tiny figure. As if the proportions had once again been inversed and the cosmos - in this unknown place in a parallel galaxy - had taken its revenge. Had sprung from its box to eat it. And the spectator as well. Like in a fairy tale".

Also on view will be the debut of Manuela Marques' most recent video that was made in Rio de Janeiro in August of 2003. She collaborated with Brazilian children who dream to be actors. She asked them to represent this desire in front of the camera and the result is their attempts to express this emotion and realize the potential of their inner selves - necessary to embrace other roles. Short fragments are shown in slow motion in order to enhance their intense concentration.

Marques was born in Portugal, but grew up in France and currently lives and works in Paris. She has exhibited widely in France, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, and the United States.

Schroeder Romero and Galerie Anne Barrault have been working together since being paired in the Paris/Brooklyn Exchange in 2002. Schroeder Romero curated a three-person drawing exhibition at Galerie Anne Barrault in January of this year.

Curated by Anne Barrault, Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris.

Exhibition: June 18 - July 26, 2004
Gallery hours: Fri-Mon, 12 - 6 pm and by appointment
(Open by appointment only during the month of August)

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