Dolorès Marat
Sirocco
18/01/2011 - 12/03/2011

Dolorès Marat began photography in 1959 in a local boutique where she learned the technical aspects of the medium. She then began to take portraits in the streets, working on racing tracks and as a photographer at l'ORTF (L'Office de radiodiffusion-télévision française). From 1969 to 1982 she was hired as a laboratory assistant and then as in-house photographer for the magazine Votre Beauté where she developed and printed photographs of the biggest names of the moment : Guy Bourdin, Jeanloup Sieff, Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon...
Since 1983, Dolorès Marat has developed personal and commissioned works which she exhibits regularly in Paris, London, New York and Brussels.

The exhibition "Sirocco" presents a series of photographs taken since 2005 in the areas surrounding the Mediterranean: Marseille, Bastia, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Italy. Passionate about these mythical cities, she is interested in the immutable aspect of this old world.
The images of Dolorès Marat provoke the imagination of each viewer. Many characters, places, objects, fragments apparently innocuous - and sometimes crude -  elements of decoration are diverted by the artist. She transforms them through a photographic talent which imbues them with magical and unreal qualities. Contrary to the reputation of "lightness" applied to certain cities around the Mediterranean, Dolorès Marat lets us see, through her images, a certain Mediterranean "gravitas".
The next destinations being Algeria, Turkey, Greece, Sicily, Cyprus... this journey will end in 2012 when Dolorès Marat will have the feeling to have found the invisible and eternal  link which makes the Mediterranean there "Mare Medi Terra" (The sea at the centre of the earth).