In the work of Marguerite Bornhauser (b. 1989, France), incidentally encountered scenes are combined with carefully constructed compositions in such a way that we can’t know what is real and what is fictitious. Her visual language is one of intense colours, graphic shapes and hard shadows. She often moves in close to her subjects, which has a peculiar effect: the cropped details of plants, buildings and human bodies all are keen, condensed abstractions of what has been seen by the photographer.
While Bornhauser’s photographs are explorations of the formal aspects of photography, stories are at the basis of her series. Moisson Rouge takes its name from Red Harvest, the 1929 crime story by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961, United States). It is a clear example of how contemporary artists, unbounded by conventions in photography, associate freely and create new visual and conceptual possibilities.
Bornhauser is exhibiting her work at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie between June 5 – July 14, 2019.