The Maison Européenne de la Photographie is a photography museum showcasing up-and-coming talented photographers from across the world. Until August 31, 2014, French photographer Françoise Huguier will be honored, with an exhibition entitled ‘Pince-Moi, Je Rêve’ (‘Pinch Me, I’m Dreaming’). She first attracted attention in 1990, with a photography book revolving around her journeys in Africa.
Now, with her latest exhibit, Huguier explores the world of dreams through a series surreal and intimate shots. The series concentrates principally on middle-class youth culture from a variety of different countries throughout Southeast Asia. From the K-pop fans to wearers of hijabs, she reveals the contrasts and the nuances present in each realm. Cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bandung are all represented in the exhibition.
With the exhibit, Huguier intends to confront the consumerist evolution of these post-modern societies. Her photographs underscore the important of appearance and the manner in which appearance can come before ideology.
In addition to those shots, the exhibit also includes a series of 30 never-before-seen photos specially selected by Françoise Huguier to complement the new series. The photos were chosen for their symbolism, power and relevance to the exhibit’s message.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can take in these photographs and more at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (the MEP, for short). Those who have the time can also check out the other exhibits currently running at the museum. For example, Katia Maciel’s ‘Repetition(s)’ and Adrien Lévy-Cariès’s ‘Pourquoi Partir ?’ (‘Why Leave?’) are both at the museum until the end of August. As such, visitors to Paris can get their photography fix in the 4th arrondissement, where the MEP is located.