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Abandoned Ships Haunt the Galerie de l'Exil
From 25 June 2013 to 30 September 2013
The photographs of Francesca Piqueras
The Galerie de l'Exil is an art gallery in the 8th arrondissement of Paris that showcases an exciting catalog of artists. The specialty of this establishment is the exhibition of foreign artists who have been exiled from their own countries. In this way, the Galerie de l'Exil gives a voice to a wide range of artists who have in many ways lost theirs. Soon, a contemporary artist raised in Paris will join the ranks of those honored with exhibitions at the Galerie de l'Exil. This artist is named Francesca Piqueras, and she is a photographer born in Milan to an Italian mother and a Peruvian father, both of whom were also artists. Although she grew up in Paris, Piqueras has traveled to Italy and Peru and takes inspiration from many international elements such as Japanese and Russian black and white films from the 1950s and 1960s. At the Galerie de l'Exil, a set of haunting photographs taken by Piqueras of ships — sometimes abandoned on the beach, sometimes rusty and waiting in the water — is on display for the summer. These moving images have been expertly captured by the young photographer, who has been honing her skills since the age of 13. The maritime photographs evoke feelings of both loss and anticipation, which visitors attending the exhibit can all relate to on some level.