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A glimpse of France in Delhi

art and culture Updated: May 03, 2012 12:57 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
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A city’s look keeps changing with time. With French connection as a common factor, two ongoing exhibitions in the city are showing the change in society through a series of photographs and installations. Here’s what they’re all about.

Portraying different perceptions of Pondicherry — the French city in India — this is New York-born photographer, Sebastian Cortés’ first exhibition in Delhi. “The transition from past to present in Pondicherry with its part-French and part-Indian culture interests me a lot. It’s the mystery of this humble Indo-French town that intrigues most people,” says Cortés, who has been living in India since 2004. Complementing his works are descriptions of the city by noted French writer Pascal Bruckner, Indian author Akash Kapur and director of Asian Art at Christie’s, Amin Jaffer.

Masi Magam by Sebastian Cortés

Little Temples to the Road

Titled Les petits temples de la route (meaning Little Temples to the road), this exhibition displays 70 photographs and 5 sculptures by freelance artist and French art director, Alexis Boucher, and depicts the changing face of France. “In this modern society, everything around us has been transformed with technology, in turn abandoning the ancient ways,” says Boucher. In his first solo exhibition in India, the artist displays photographs of fast disappearing sights around him on the streets of France. “The modern age is marked by swanky malls instead of small places or shops that served the same purpose a few years ago,” he says. Both an acknowledgement and homage, this exhibition reflects the relationship between a citizen and his city.

Works from the exhibitions are also available for sale.

What: Pondicherry — series of photographs

On till:
May 20

11am to 7pm

Alliance Francaise de Delhi, Galerie Romain Rolland, 72, Lodhi Estate

Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet line

What: Les Petits temples de la route — a photography exhibition

On till:
May 26

11am to 7pm

Alliance Francaise Gurgaon Centre, S 24/8, DLF III

Nearest Metro Station: Guru Dronacharya on the Yellow line

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