April 8, 2010
July 11, 2010
/ Photo gallery
It is a succession of bizarre and unconventional scenes that is proposed by Bettina Rheims in the main exhibition gallery of BnF, during the spring.
Scouring the most unexpected and mysterious places in the capital, she offers visitors an initiatory journey in the course of a story conceived in collaboration with the writer Serge Bramly. We are invited to discover the adventures of a female Fantômas figure who disguises herself, appears and disappears into the intimate side of Paris photographed in black and white by Bettina Rheims.
This is a fictional portrait of the city but also a very personal vision of the capital that is conveyed. As a matter of fact, autobiographic details and even private life elements are used to portray the hidden aspect of the city through a variety of characters who belong to Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly’s circle of friends. Unknown or famous models have taken part in this long and mysterious serial story.
In a few words, this is a modern rêverie inspired by one of the main figures of the Belle Epoque time, a way to pay tribute to a myth that fascinated the surrealist artists.