French photographer, Elsa Leydier is interested in photography's capacity to represent structures of power. In her photographic serie Transatlántica, Leydier brings together the rainforests of South America, typographic maps and scenes of socio-political transformation. Interwoven with personal narratives, these images shed a fantastical light on daily life, reproducing scenes of nature in rich tropical hues.
Leydier colours the Brazilian landscape as she sees it, a botanical paradise under threat of erasure. In the series "Brazil :System Error", vivid photographic dreamscapes are punctuated by interruptions including quotes from Brazil's current president Jair Bolsonaro, alluding to the breakdown of democratic system. The digital strategy of the glitch produces a visual interference, posing questions about the image's ability to portray reality.
In the first images from her work The Disobediencies, that will tackle the idea of ecofeminism, yet again she tries to look at things through non-hemogenic techniques and points of view. Using an unusual technique of photography, she creates visual representations of fashion pieces and accessories which aesthetics could almost evoke abstract painting.
The poetics of place are central to Leydier's investigation of the environment, disrupting idealised representations of paradise to reveal the mechanisms of desire itself. (adapted from a text by Osei Bonsu)
- Paris Experiences Photo X RATP June 20th – Sept 30th 2020
- Kyotographie 2020 , Maison Ruinart Prize
Kyoto, Japon Sept 19th – Oct 18th 2020
- Transatlántica [Solo show]
Galerie Caroline O’Breen, Amsterdam, Netherlands Sept 5th – Oct 10th 2020
- Unseen Photo Fair Galerie Intervalle
Amsterdam, Netherlands Sept 19th-21st 2020
- Les Mauvaises Herbes Résisteront , curated by Alice Santiago
CACN Centre d’Art – Espace Villary, Nîmes, France Oct 16th 2020 – January 10th 2021