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Olivia Gay's images are faces, bodies, women's gaze, windows open towards their intimacy, both fragility and strength. A certain expression of loneliness despite the presence of other bodies. Frontal or distant, determined or offered, these gazes and bodies are moving, always. Her formal research is intrinsically related to her intellectual reflection. With her artistic work, she enriches her own perception of the real world, and brings her quest into communities where art is certainly lacking but where life is there, full. Making women aware of their beauty, isn't that the message we need to remember?

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Olivia Gay

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Olivia Gay's images are faces, bodies, women's gaze, windows open towards their intimacy, both fragility and strength. A certain expression of loneliness despite the presence of other bodies. Frontal or distant, determined or offered, these gazes and bodies are moving, always. Her formal research is intrinsically related to her intellectual reflection. With her artistic work, she enriches her own perception of the real world, and brings her quest into communities where art is lacking but where life is there, full. Making women aware of their beauty, is that not the message that must be retained?

Extrait de "Women At Work", de Brigitte Trichet dans Hemeria
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The Fairest Of Them All

A photographic diary co-written by Olivia Gay and Mariane Pearl, produced by Chime For Change, Kering Foundation – 2017.

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Envisagées
_ par Raphaelle Stopin

Les visages d’Olivia Gay sont tous féminins. Ces femmes – ou devrait-on dire ses femmes tant elles semblent faire communauté autour d’elle, dans une sorte de sororité -, paraissent toutes volontaires ; quand bien même elles subissent, elles sont présentées agissantes. Olivia Gay les photographie dans leur cadre de vie, de travail, parfois de privation […]

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Olivia Gay, le style documentaire
_ par Caroline Bach

Olivia gay emprunte clairement le style documentaire. Dominique Baqué, interrogeant justement la notion de document, écrit : «Or, il ne s’agit pas d’en revenir au document comme preuve infaillible. Pas plus que l’art, le document ne «donne» le réel : il le construit, lui donne sens, au risque des faux sens, des contresens, mais il n’est pas et ne sera jamais l’épiphanie du réel.» […]

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Droit de regard, droit de cité
_ par Dominique Baqué

Les femmes d’Olivia Gay ne sont pas encore des révoltées, moins encore des militantes : mais elles persistent à exister, elles défient la cécité d’une société fracturée dans l’écart devenu incommensurable entre ceux que le hasard a dotés de tous les biens et qui, sans cesse, se montrent, s’exposent, s’affichent, et ceux qui n’ont rien, et dont l’on voudrait nous faire croire qu’ils ne sont rien. […]

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Le regard authentique d’Olivia Gay
_ par Jean-Marc Lacabe

Olivia Gay photographie très spontanément, avec un regard authentique, sans freiner ses envies et ses désirs d’images […]. Cette question du corps et de sa représentation est au coeur de ses recherches depuis ses premières photographies réalisées en Amérique Latine, en 1998 : «Les Jineteras de La Havane» […]

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- Press review (selection)

Remy Roche, Olivia Gay, photographer. Grief and confinement: a double punishment, Midnight Words, Franceinfo TV, – 25/04/2020

Brigitte Trichet, A Woman at Work”: portrait of documentary photographer Olivia Gay, Hemeria – 24/04/2020

Cedric Citran, The Great East captured in the eye of five photographers, Grand EstHeritage – 20 Nov. 2019

Anne Elizabeth Philibert, “Envisagées (Considered)”: Olivia Gay photographs these women we don’t see, France televisions culture 23 Apr. 2018

Zaha Redman, Hotel Drouot Gazette, 04/13/2018

Ellen Feldman, Women’s Review of Books, July/August, USA, 2018

Dominique Baqué, Droit de regard, droit de cité (Right to Look, Right of City), La Revue, MEP, Paris 2018

Clementine Mercier, A Woman and Women, Liberation, 06/2017

Emilie Chaudet, The early mornings, Disappearing with dawn, France Culture,15/06/2017

Claire Guillot, Et voici le travail (And Here’s the Job),M Le Monde magazine, 05/2013

Carole Boulbès, 2009, year of France in Brazil, ART PRESS, 2009

Biography

Olivia Gay was born in 1973 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. She is a graduate of the New England School of Photography, Boston, USA and the National Graduate School of Photography in Arles, France.

His work has been exhibited at the European House of Photography in Paris, at the Château d’Eau Gallery in Toulouse. Her work has been highly awarded so far, by: Grand East Photographic Mission, HSBC Special Joy Hendericks Award, National Center for Plastic Arts – France, MAST Bologna Foundation, Kodak Critics’ Award.

She lives and works in Normandy and has been preparing a PHD in art at RADIAN, Normandy, since September 2020.

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