Cecile Plaisance

Sophisticated and clearly out of the line, the Barbie Series of Cécile Plaisance take us back to childhood.  Cécile Plaisance linked « Barbie » to the woman of today, playing with her femininity and taking on many lives at once... beauty icon in magazines, juggling with the real life « Ken » while remaining an accomplished housewife, flirting in her convertible, cheeky at the beach, ecstatically happy for « Spring break », executive woman at the office, autonomous, ageless and in the end…terribly alone. 

A little bit of humor for the men in our lives, who want a woman to be a mother, a sister, a friend and a lover while staying sexy and assuming everyday responsibilities… Over and above the myth of a woman being an object, Cécile Plaisance strips the idol of our childhoods, supporting the challenges of woman today to defend their rights, their desires and maintain their gained freedom.  

She transforms the newspaper being read by the woman in a hurry, not yet adequately dressed, the little black dress worn by the reserved, timid woman, the nuns cloak, the burka of the veiled woman… careful, behind one woman there may be another one hiding! Over and above the differences in cultures, clothes, the paths we take, women aspire to live fully and intensely their multi-faceted lives. 

Cécile Plaisance uses a technique of lenticular developing, super imposing images, Barbie appears to undress in function of our position in front of the photo. 

Cécile Plaisance’s photographs can be found in prestigious private and corporate collections.      

OLGA SERIES

I started to shoot real models, after having spent my life with Barbies for 5 years, to have a human contact in my work. Barbies are very wise girls but they don’t speak much. They don’t converse a lot.

The second reason is because I love femininity. I want my pictures to be a Hymn to femininity. Moreover, despite the feminist point a view, Iike with my Barbies, beautiful woman can also deliver strong messages. Charismatic Models and Women are able to say things, to show points of view, more convincingly than others. And this is my job, as a photographer, to highlight those messages through their appearance.

Above all I want women to take back their Liberty, wherever they live around the world and whatever religion they have. In 2017 no woman should be afraid of going out alone, of driving a car, of listening to music or have a drink in a bar with some friends. No women should be afraid of wearing a mini skirt in the street…No women should hide in a house waiting for her husband to return.

“There is no religion that can justify flouting women’s rights. Women should be equal to men and should be free to do whatever they want with their image and their bodies.”

Lastly, I try to show that life can be enchanting if you know how to have fun … I hope that people get a sense of how much fun I’m having myself …

Life is miraculous, and we have to have a sense of humour, whatever happens.

''OLGA, Rolling stone''

 lenticular photography 

120 x 160 cm 

''OLGA, Nun'' 

lenticular photography 

120 x 180 cm 

EXHIBITIONS

2016    13/15th of May, AAF Hong Kong, with Envie d'Art Gallery, Lens Series

             3rd/8th of May, Context Art New York, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             30th of March/3rd of April, AAF New York, with Envie d'Art Gallery, Lens Series

             10/13th of March, AAF Battersea, London, with Envie d'Art Gallery, Lens Series

             10/14th of Febraury, Rotterdam Contemporary, with Dock Gallery, Lens Series

             26/29th of February, AAF Bruxelles, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             11/15th of February, Art Wynwood, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             27/31st of January, LA Art Show, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

 

2015     3/6th of December, Art Miami, Scope, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             19/22nd of November, AAF Hamburg, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series 

             14th of November / 23rd of December, Envie d’Art London, Lens Series

             12/15th of November, AAF Singapore, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             12/15th of November, Istambul Contemporary Art fair, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             22/26th of October, 8ème Avenue, Paris, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             24/27th of September, Cologne Art Fair, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series

             17/20th of September, Beirut Art Fair, with Bel Air Fine Art, Lens Series 

             11/13th of September, AAF Séoul, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             10/13th of September, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             9/13th of July, Art Sout Hampton, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             2/5th of July, Art Hamptons, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             19th of June/9th of July, Opera Gallery, Hong Kong, Candyland, Lens Series

             4th/30th of June, Bel Air Fine Art Geneva, Lens Series

             18/21st of June, Art Basel with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             22/24th of May, AAF Hong Kong with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             8/11th of April, Art Dubai with Vogelsang Gallery, Lens Series

             from April to November, Bel Air Fine Art St Tropez, Lens Series

             25/29th of March, AAF New York with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             12/15th of February, Palm Springs Art Fait with Vogelsang Gallery, Lens Series

             6/9 th of February, AAF Bruxelles with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series

             21/25th of January, Art Palm Beach with Biba Gallery, Lens Series & Real Life Series

             16 of December/ 16 of March, Galerie de l’Exil, av Matignon ; Lens Series & Real Life Series

             14/18th of January, LA Art Show 2015 with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series

 

2014     2/7th of December , Art Miami, Scope, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             20/23rd of November, AAF Singapore, with Envie d’Art, Lens Series

             13/16th of November, AAF Hamburg, with Envie d’Art, Lens Series

             24/28th of October, Art Cologne, with K + y Gallery, Lens Series

             24/27th of October, Art Toronto, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             27th October/ 30th of November , Chelsea NY, Vogelsang Gallery, Lens Series

             25/29th of September, AAF New York, with Envie D’Art, Lens Series

             From April to October : St Tropez Exhibition with Petitjean Gallery, Lens Series

             10/13th of July, Art Hamptons, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             18/22 of June, Scope Basel, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             12/15 of June, AAF London Hamstead, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             22/25th of May, AAF Singapore, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             8/11th of May, AAF Toronto, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             2/6h of April, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             21/23 of March, AAF Hongkong, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             13/16th of March, AAF London, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             7/10th of February, AAF Brussels, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             15/19th of January, LA ART SHOW, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             9/13th of January, L’Art pour l’Accueil, Brussels, Bella Vita Series

 

2013    3/8th of December, Art Miami, Scope, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series

             21/24th of November, AAF Singapore, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             21/24th of November, AAF Singapore, with Artemiss Gallery, Newton & Man Ray Series

             14/17th of November, AAF Hamburg, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             15/17th of November, Fotofever Paris, Carrousel du Louvre with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series

             24/28th of October, Art Toronto, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series

             31st of October/ 5th of November, AAF Amsterdam with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             3/6th of October, Fotofever Brussels, with K+Y Gallery, lens Series, Solo Show

             3/6th of October, AAF New York with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             3/6th Of October, AAF Stockholm, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             18th of Sept/15th of October, Envie D’art Gallery, 24 rue Treilhard, Paris 8ème, Lens Series

             11/14th of July, AAF Hamptons, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

              June 2013, Envie d’Art Gallery, Paris 7ème , Lens Series

              June 2013, Envie d’Art Gallery, Paris 8ème, Lens Series 

             13/16th of June, AAF Hamstead, London with Envie dArt Gallery, Lens Series

             23/26th of May, Art Basel Hong Kong with Artemiss Gallery, Ken on my Mind & Tribute Man Ray Series

             May 2013, Artistry in Singapore with Artemiss Gallery

             23/26th of May, Asia Art fair in Hong Kong with Artemiss Gallery, Ken on my Mind and Tribute Newton Series

             9/12th of May, 20/21 International Art Fair in London, with K+Y Gallery, Lens Series

             4/7th of April, AAF New York with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             15/17th of March, AAF Hong Kong with Artemiss Gallery, Ken on my Mind and Tribute Newton Series

             7/10th of March, AAF of London with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens series

             February 2013, Envie d’Art Gallery, 4 av Bugeaud, Paris 16ème, La Bella Vita Series    

             21/24th of February, AAF Brussel with Envie d’Art Gallery, Lens Series

             16/20 of January, London Art fair with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             11/13th of January, New Art Fair Paris, with K + Y Gallery, Lens Series

             10/13th of January, l’Art pour l’Accueil.

 

2012    December 2012, Envie d’Art Gallery, Paris 8ème, La Bella Vita Series

             10/12th of December, Private sale in Singapore with Artemiss Gallery, Tribute Barbara Kruger and Newton series

             30th of November/4th of December, AAF Gent, with United Gallery, Barbie Skiing Series

             15/18th of November, AAF Singapore with Envie D’Art Gallery, Tribute Newton

             4/7th of October, Fotofever with K+Y, Tribute Newton Series

             Septembre 2012, Envie d’Art Gallery, Paris 7ème, Tribute Newton Series

              June/July/August 2012, Young Gallery Knokke, Barbie at the Beach Series

             8/12th of July, AAF Hamptons, with Samuel Owen Gallery, Tribute Newton and Barbie at the Beach Series

             18/22th of April 2012, AAF New York, with Envie d’Art Gallery, Tribute Newton Series

             18/22th of April 2012, AAF New York with United Gallery, Barbie at the Beach Series

 

 

             Contraste Bruxelles :

 

             - December 2009 : Autoportraits

             - March 2010 : Chantiers

             - June 2010 : New York

             - December 2010 : Brésil

             - March 2011 : Jeunes Filles

 

 

             ChariticAngels (Association Caritative) :

 

             - December 2011 : Bruxelles

             - March 2012: Paris, Barbies at the Beach Serie

             - April 2013 : Paris, La Bella Vita & Lens Series