Thomas Bilanges

May 5, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Moctar Ba, security officer, and Miss Lloyd, societaire of the Comedie-Française, by F. Schommer
2007
gelatin silver print
16" x 20"

Image © Thomas Bilanges

Jean-Marc Léri, general curator and director of the Carnavalet museum, and Léon-paul Fargue, writer, by R. Woog
2007
gelatin silver print
16" x 20"

Image © Thomas Bilanges

Jean-Philippe Meglio, framing workshop, and Georges Danton, political orator, by C.M Charpentier
2007
gelatin silver print
16" x 20"

Image © Thomas Bilanges

Aurélien Frelin, Securiy Officer, and Louis the XVIth wearing his coronation robes, by J.S Duplessis
2007
gelatin silver print
16" x 20"

Image © Thomas Bilanges

Philippe de Carbonnières, assistant curator, and Eugène Delacroix by E. Callande de Champmartin
2007
gelatin silver print
16" x 20"

Image © Thomas Bilanges

Catherine Pochylinski, security officer, and portrait of a woman known as Marie Miraille, French School
2007
gelatin silver print
16" x 20"

Image © Thomas Bilanges

Thomas Bilanges

Vis-à-Vies

In 2005, photographer Thomas Bilanges visited the Musée Carnavalet in Paris and was struck by the resemblances between the faces of the museum’s staff and the painted portraits on the walls around them. He began the project, which now consists of 180 portraits, by asking each staff person to select a favorite portrait—either painted, drawn, photographed, or sculpted—housed within the institution’s walls. He then shot the chosen artworks using similar lighting and perspectives he had employed for their admirers. The resulting diptychs, which were exhibited at the Musée Carnavalet in 2012, are delightfully uncanny, highlighting overlapping expressions and gestures between the two subjects while flattening time and space to masterfully illustrate the deep connection one can feel to a work of art.

Thomas Bilanges is a freelance photographer living and working in Paris, France. His work has been shown at the Musée de la Photagraphie in Mougins, the Musée des Années 30 in Boulogne-Billancourt, and in various commercial galleries throughout France. He has also published numerous monographs of his work, including most recently the catalog for Vis-à-Vies in conjunction with the 2012 exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet. This is the first exhibition of Vis-à-Vies in the United States.