Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs installation, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs installation, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs installation, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs installation, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs installation, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, sur le canapé (on the couch), 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, le déguisement (the disguise), 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, la cicatrice (the scar), 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, papa (daddy), 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Adolescence, la cage dorée (the golden cage), 2012, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Adolescence, le gouter d'anniversaire (the birthday party), 2012, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, la réunion (the reunion), 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, What cannot be said (Ce qu’on ne peut pas dire), je vois l'amour comme un numéro de trapèze sans filet (I see love as a trapeze without a net), 2013, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Adolescence, la vague (the wave), 2012, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Adolescence, photo de groupe (group photo), 2012, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Adolescence, il ne dit pas (he doesn't say), 2012, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Adolescence, la tapisserie (the tapestry), 2012, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, chez le photographe (at the photographer's studio), 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, What cannot be said, Ce qu’on ne peut pas dire, lips, sentences, handwritten, 2013, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, je ne veux pas savoir ce que tu attends de moi, I do not want to know what you want from me
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, à la plage (at the beach), 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, qu'est-ce que j'ai fait (what have I done), 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, les cafards (the cockroaches), 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, What cannot be said (Ce qu’on ne peut pas dire), j'ai toujours peur du loup (I am always afraid of the wolf), 2013, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Carolle Bénitah, Photos-Souvenirs, Enfance, le loup, the wolf, sous les etoiles gallery, 2009

Press Release

Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is pleased to present "Photos-Souvenirs" by French Moroccan photographer Carolle Bénitah.  The exhibition will highlight mixed media pieces from Bénitah’s "Enfance" and "Adolescence" Photos-Souvenirs  series.  An artist’s talk will be held on Monday, April 7, 7-8pm.

Carolle Bénitah, who worked for ten years as a fashion designer before turning to photography in 2001, incorporates the art of sewing and beading into her photographs.  Her current series, Photos-Souvenirs,  explores the memories of her Moroccan childhood by reworking and threading old family snapshots.  In what the artist describes as “excavations,” photos are unearthed from albums and shoeboxes, classified, scanned, transposed onto new paper, and finally hand beaded and embroidered by the artist.  This final step, accomplished with red, black, or gold thread and wire and glass beads—chosen for their shine and delicacy—is a revelatory act for the artist.

“There is nothing subversive about embroidering, but I corrupt it through my intentions,” writes Carolle Bénitah.  “I use its falsely decorative artifices to reinterpret my history and to denounce its failings.”  She continues, “Each photograph lifts the veil from the past.  It is a story of revelation.  It is work related to emotions.”  Through this deeply personal reexamination of family ties and childhood memory, which according to the artist can be likened to archaeological work of the soul, Bénitah seeks to discover more of her identity and uncover a history of family secrets.

The internationally acclaimed work of Carolle Bénitah is part of notable public and private art collections, such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Sunnhordland Museum (Bergen, Norway), Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo (Oaxaca, Mexico), and the collections of Marin Karmitz (Paris, France), Sir Mark Fhers Haukhol (Houston), Jacques and Galila Hollander (Brussels, Belgium), and Jan de Bont (Los Angeles).  Her work has been published in magazines such as Leica World, Shots Magazine, Photos Nouvelles, Spot, Center for Photography Houston, Foto Noviny, and Lens Culture, among others.  Carolle Bénitah was born in Casablanca (Morocco) and graduated from the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (Paris).  Her Photos-Souvenirs  series has also been selected to exhibit in FotoFest’s 2014 Discoveries of the Meeting Place showcase of past Biennial portfolio reviews. Carolle Bénitah is currently working on the series’ third and final installment, "Adulte."

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