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Clémentine Schneidermann – I called her Lisa-Marie

Exhibition from July 6th to September 20, 2015

“ Myths know no frontiers. The Elvis legend far outsteps the gilt and hangings of Graceland, in Memphis Tennessee. In fact, it is just as alive on the side of the Atlantic, in Porthcawl, a small town in South Wales that holds a festival in honour of the King in September each year. Between Tennessee and Wales the fans bear an uncanny resemblance to each other, all clones of a double-chinned idol with his slicked-back quiff, all children of the zone and the stack of money, all laying claim to the fat belly and the kitsch of the parvenu idol. With their petrol-blue shirts and billowing skirts, these doubles of Elvis and Priscilla act out the same sweet dream, one clinking with glory and posterity. Nothing in these images by Clémentine Schneidermann gives any hint which side of the Atlantic we are on and it is the miracle of these photographs located midway between fiction and document that highlights a planet Elvis, which inhabited by sad-faced people who show the marks of life and yet who invent radiant destinies for themselves, far beyond the misfortunes of fate and the shattered globe of the day-to-day.”  
Text  Natacha Wolinski (2014)

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© Clémentine Schneidermann, Courtesy Galerie Huit Arles

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About the Artist

Born in 1991 in Paris, lives between Wales and Paris
(2012-2014) Master's degree in documentary photography, University of South Wales, Newport
(2009 - 2014) CEPV: Centre d'enseignement professionnel de Vevey in Switzerland


-Group Show, Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhague
-30 under 30 with Magnum Photos, The Photography Show, Birmingham


-SFR Jeunes talents, Paris Photo, France -Seventeen seconds, graduation show, Fotogallery, Penarth, Wales
-Street Photography, source display, Tate collective, Tate Britain London
-9/50, Southeast Art Presenters summit, Atlanta Contempory art center
-Ideastap/Magnum Award finalists exhibition,Truman Brewery, London


-Ideastap/Magnum Award shortlisted exhibition, Mother's, London, 2013
-Vignette Award, Photographique, Bristol, 2013 -Bristol Unseen, Parlour Showroom, Bristol, 2013



-Photographic Museum of Humanity new generation award, winner
-The New York Times Portfolio reviews, selected -Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer, finalist
-30 under 30 with Magnum Photos and The Photography show, winner


-SFR Jeunes Talents / Paris Photos winner -Jerwood/Photoworks Award, finalist -Ideastap Magnum Photos Award, finalist


-SFR Jeunes Talents / Le Bal, finalist


-WestPhoto Prize, finalist

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