The 19th arrondissement’s renowned music-dedicated cultural institute the Philarmonie de Paris is hosting French rock singer Matthieu Chedid and British photographer Martin Parr’s sensorially immersive collaboration. A singularly unique exhibition bringing together two artistic crafts – music and cinematography – that are wholly pervasive in popular culture yet rarely directly combined, it offers a perfect synergy of the visual and symphonic that presents audience with an original experience.
The highly-anticipated 4-month long showcase, a wonderfully evocative and distinctively poetic collaboration from the unexpected partnership is truly a feast for the eyes and ears, featuring 450 works from Parr’s archives that brim with piercing satire, deep sensitivity and a sweetly poetic quality. The Anglo-French twosome’s hybrid presents Parr’s unabashedly raw and deeply perspicuous photography in conjunction with nine of Chedid’s bespoke tracks – all of which are crafted exclusively for the creative alliance. It initially welcomes visitors with the opportunity to slouch in chairs that evoke an aura reminiscent of the famed photographer’s signature images of beach, allowing for a total immersion into the artists’ carefully crafted ambiance.
Each of the visual pieces – from humbly jarring black-and-white photographs to dynamic image projections – are accompanied by a sweetly harmonious instrumental soundtrack that have been enjoyed by a wide-ranging, diverse mix of visitors. As the fruits of the talented artistic duo’s concerted efforts nears the end of its stopover at the beloved venue, we decided to make the most of the fortuitous collaboration by getting a first-hand look at the show – and it definitely did not disappoint, proving itself to be a daring and innovative dialogue between two mavens in their respective fields.
Co-produced by Labo M, Magnum Photos and the Rencontres d’Arles, the first of a series in the Philharmonie’s new exhibition program combining the two artistic genres, MMM will be open until the end of the month for last minute visits by art industry experts, music fans, art lovers, seasoned Parisian natives and curious tourist alike. The showcase will undeniably introduce new audiences to the veteran photographer’s exciting work and rocker Chedid’s enigmatic records, as well as reacquainting long-time fans with the two virtuosos’ long-running careers.
Click here to find out more about ‘MMM – Matthieu Chedid rencontre Martin Parr’ held between 4 October 2016 – 29 January 2017 at the Philarmonie de Paris, Cité de la musique, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019, Paris.