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David Lynch's reveries on show in Paris

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Text by Rachel HOLMAN

Latest update : 2014-01-16

Best known for his work in film, David Lynch is also a musician, designer and artist. After seducing Paris with his underground club, Silencio, two years ago, Lynch has now made a foray into the city’s art scene with his show 'Small Stories'.

The exhibition, which opened January 15 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), is far from a traditional retrospective on the life and work of a renowned artist (Lynch's work as a director includes the cult movies "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Drive" and the TV series "Twin Peaks").

Lynch was given a “carte blanche” by the museum, and the result is around 40 black and white photographs made especially for the show.

Located on the third floor of the MEP, where the smell of paint is still fresh, the exhibition is distinctly Lynchian. Some of the photographs evoke a nostalgia for childhood, while others feel eerie or even claustrophobic. Most, however, seem as though they were ripped from a dream – a freeze-frame of a moment impossible to place.

At the entrance to the exhibition, there's a short introduction by Lynch mounted on the wall that explains the title, as well as the apparent ethos of the show.

“Still images can contain stories. Mostly, still images contain small stories…. However, the mind and emotions can become engaged by looking at a still image, and small stories can grow into huge stories. It depends, of course, on the viewer,” Lynch wrote.

“It’s almost impossible not to find some kind of story emerging from a still image. This, I think, is a beautiful phenomenon.”

David Lynch’s “Small Stories” is on display at the MEP (5/7 rue de Fourcy 75004 Paris) January 15 – March 16. For more information call +33 (0)1 44 78 75 00 or visit www.mep-fr.org.

Date created : 2014-01-15

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