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The exhibition of photographs by Dorine Roussel (Rousdine), with Laetitia and Eric Bourdon as models, from 16 to 23 May 2008 at the Higher School of Communication (Esupcom) in Lille, was the culmination of two photo shoots of bodypainting, performed in 2007 and 2008.

By direct application of paint on the body, bodypainting allows the painting of the human body to be released of the process or performance of copying the model, related to the traditional painting style (before the advent of photography). Seizing the body itself, the bodypainting reveals on the skin the expressive and archaic power of Painting.

Bodypainting photography solves the specific disadvantage of body painting : its ephemeral nature. It keeps in memory a specifically painterly work that would otherwise fall into oblivion once produced. And it supports everything that falls within the exercise of representation of the body, through its specifically photographic work.

The human body is undoubtedly the most interesting topic in classical painting, the greatest source of visual creativity, more than any landscape, animal, or plant. Through the bodypainting, it is the most expressive portrait possible of the reality that is painted, the real at its best. And if the point is not to copy or imitate reality, but to paint it on the skin (leaving the representational work to photography), we also have a work that, although still focused on the real, is purely painterly.

Part of the exhibited photos came from the first session of bodypainting in 2007.

The axis of the photographic work (with a Canon EOS 20D) was the integration of the body

in an environment. The use of acrylic paint (Louvre brand) and precisely this blood red

that contrasts sharply with a very bright white and blue, allows the body ('corps')

to communicate with the chaotic and stripped 'de-cor' of a disused factory in Belgium.

In early 2008, in the magazine Photo (# 446), one of these photos (above) won a publication

at the 27th 'world’s largest photo contest' involving 50,000 photos, received from 70 countries...

The second bodypainting session, in the same factory but a year later,

was performed in a duo with model Laetitia.

Esupcom (Higher School of Communication) organized in Lille an exhibition entitled "The hidden side of the nude" which brought together several artists from 16 to 23 May 2008, as part of its 'TAF' ('Very Artistic Festival'). The "hidden side of the nude" has several possible interpretations, but it was mainly referring to non-standard ways to explore the theme of the nude, and to "expose" even more the nude, to make it more expressive and advanced than the "ordinary nude"...

In the case of the photographs of Dorine Roussel, the nude was also misleading because hidden by paint. Then again photo meets painting, where there has never been any real nude, only layers of paint... The whole is a work of meeting and communication both between body and decor, and between painting and photography.

(the essential ingredient for any successful exhibition : the amazed visitor!)

Article from La Voix du Nord (May 22, 2008) Lille


A successful second edition of

the Very Artistic Festival

People came in droves at the preview of this festival of arts.

The Superior school of communication in Lille is currently hosting in its premises the second edition of the Very Artistic Festival.

Organized by third year students - communication official or graphic design specialty -, the Very Artistic Festival makes it possible for some artists to seize the walls of the school and to present their creations to the large public, as well as to the economic and cultural actors of the area. Another point, the organization of this festival and the search for artists and partners led the students to put forward their competences. Five of them - Sarah Bekhiekh, Caroline Dimpre, Marie Duval, Fanny Juillard, Charlotte Riou and Samuel Turpin - thus worked consequently and proposed as a topic "The hidden side of the nude".


A topic which has challenged regional or national artists. Eric Bourdon, young and recognized painter from Lille who exhibits at the Schèmes gallery and in New York, and Dorine Roussel, photographer who won a publication in the Photo magazine during the 27th "World’s largest photo contest", were involved. Through an installation related to the bodypainting and very beautiful photographs, the two artists gathered their talents to make discover their perception of the body. They approached nudity with a great sensibility, while placing the body in an urban context. [...]

The director of Esupcom, Bruno Vreux, was particularly satisfied with the work of the pupils and more particularly with the selection of the artists who charmed and intrigued the visitors.

J-.M. DUM. (CLP)

Esupcom Newsletter #5 (June 3, 2008)

Extract :

" [...] From the call to artists to the organization of the opening through the advertising campaign and public relations, nothing has been overlooked. On the menu, national and regional top-flight creators : Christian Havet (exhibited at K21 in Düsseldorf), Eric Bourdon (exhibited at the Galerie Schèmes and in New York), Dorine Roussel (winner of the “World’s largest photo contest” organized by the magazine Photo), Gaëlle Peulot (photographer) and Isabelle Perronneau-Beullier (work from “The Origin of the World” by Gustave Courbet). The contemporary troupe Dance in Lille, partner of Esupcom Lille, has offered for its part a choreography by Amélia Estevez, giving us her dynamic reading of the hidden side of the nude. The media interest and the pleasure of the visitors were the best reward of the organizers. "

The invitation card of Esupcom for the second edition of 'T.A.F.' - Very Artistic Festival

Extract :

" At a time when everybody demands transparency,

 ESUPCOM reveals to you the hidden side of the nude.

 Choreographic performance

 and installations by visual artists invite you

   to follow them in their searches for authenticity. "

(Bruno Vreux, Director)

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