baptized Latitudesthe exhibition includes some fifty shots taken by the actress of Profiling during his travels. Images brought together in a book published by Michel Lafon.
TV ratings star with Profiling and The influenceawarded at the Monte-Carlo Festival with a trophy for best actress, Odile Vuillemin will be, for the first time, on the poster of the Senate. It is not, however, the actress who will speak, but the photographer. She will be exhibiting around fifty of her photographs at the Senate Orangery, from July 13 to 25.
They were taken in Iceland, Indonesia and Greenland, during solo trips that she offers herself between two shoots, for several years. Each time, thanks to a tiny Fuji camera placed in her backpack, or using her phone, she takes several thousand photos that she saves on her computer as soon as she returns to Paris. “Discovering them printed, enlarged and framed was a first for me, she says. I had the feeling of reliving the moment when I discovered these decorations. I understood that, at the time, the essential can escape us. A step back is necessary so that each detail finds its place in the puzzle of my life”.
Among these images, she confesses a particular tenderness for views of the polar ice cap under the stars during an aurora borealis, of the crest of a volcano in Indonesia, and of an empty chair which seems to be looking at an iceberg. “I took this one on a boat that sailed between icebergs in the northern hemisphere. The expedition took three days. We stopped to sleep, and the next day, when I woke up, I discovered that the glacier I had grazed the day before had exploded. There were pieces of icebergs everywhere. It was an end-of-the-world atmosphere”.
An exhibition and a book
The idea for this exhibition was born after a trial run in the form of a discreet hanging in a gallery on rue de Seine. The reception was such that Odile Vuillemin sought to renew the experience, if possible in a prestigious place. Learning that the Senate had launched a call for applications for summer events, she filled out a file, which she accompanied with some of her photos. She was surprised to be chosen by the jury.
The exhibition is called Latitudes. It is also the title of the book, published by Michel Lafon, where she recounts her journeys and their origin. “As a child, I dreamed of becoming an ethnologist. I wanted to travel the world, to find myself at the heart of life, of the origin of our planet. I had no money and when my means allowed me to start traveling, I immediately answered this call from the Earth.. The first time, after hesitating between several destinations, she went to Iceland. The regular discovery of other cultures, through multiple road trips, continued until the pandemic forced her into confinement. “I took the opportunity to sort and classify thousands of photos, until then in bulk in digital folders. I felt like I was reliving what I consider to be immersive experiences. I thought of writing a travel diary which eventually became a book, then this exhibition».
Will this new artistic adventure have a sequel? She thinks about it very seriously. It has, in its archives, documents related to several continents. While waiting to immerse herself in it, she is working on the presentation of her exhibition in other cities in France. To his photos, now, to travel.