2022.8.31 WED - 10.2 SUN
11:00 - 19:00 Open daily / Free admission
The Chanel Nexus Hall is slated to host “à mains levées” – an exhibition of works compiled by French photographer Anne de Vandière.
“Le19M” complex, a site envisioned to play key role in upholding and further evolving the métiers d’art legacy, opened its doors from 2021 in a Paris suburb. Over the decades, CHANEL has diligently worked to forge creative ties with its precious artisans. Throughout this process, however, there has been limited public disclosure of the brand’s brilliant technologies so integral in supporting the fashion world to date.
Taking that to heart, on this occasion Anne paid a special visit to the le19M site to view workshops and better prepare for her scheduled exhibition at CHANEL NEXUS HALL. There, she thoroughly examined Lesage and Montex (embroidery), Lemarie (feather and flower crafting), Michel (hats), Lognon (pleats), Massaro (footwear) Goossens (goldwork) and other workshops devoted to their own distinctive creations. During the same trip, she also photographed workshops with bases other than le19M – among them Causse (gloves) and Desrues (costume jewelry).
This exhibition showcases a collection of photographs shot by Anne at these ateliers. The selections articulate a fascinating story of spirit of métiers d’art in CHANEL and the hands of artisans brimming with passion and creativity.
Anne de Vandière / Photographer
Anne commenced her professional career as a journalist in the 1980s. From 1999, she moved to release her “H/and” series of photographs addressing the theme of human “hands.” She has staged numerous exhibitions of her creations, including at the European Museum of Photograph in Paris (2004), the Manes Gallery in Prague (2006) and other major venues. From 2009, she utilized a collaboration with the Association Tribus du Monde to travel through 20 nations over a 10-year period, during which she photographed portraits of people from 50 different tribes and communities. Collecting the testimony of these individuals, along with their portraits and images of their hand, she has sounded warnings of cultures increasingly threatened with extinction. Her underlying message concerns the importance of sustaining such lifestyles and traditions. Those works have been exhibited at the Museum of Humanity in Paris (2016) and numerous other fine art galleries.