Overview participating exhibitions

Act of Faith
2007

Act of Faith

Raymond Barthes

REVIVAL VILLAGE (Madagascar, 2006)

During the period of British domination in the 19th century religious communities flourished on Madagascar. One of them is still to be found in the isolated mountain village of Soatanana. The residents live according to the strict rules of their faith, Spiritual Revival, an offshoot of Christianity. For instance, everyone wears white, as a sign of their purity. Raymond Barthes photographed the village, after discovering that his grandmother had grown up there. He found a completely self-sufficient community, and asked himself how it would respond to rising globalization and emancipation: will it join in these currents, or withdraw still further? – Every Sunday the whole community goes to the church. In the background, Sleeping Woman and Crying Woman mountains.

  • REVIVAL VILLAGE (Madagascar, 2006)

    During the period of British domination in the 19th century religious communities flourished on Madagascar. One of them is still to be found in the isolated mountain village of Soatanana. The residents live according to the strict rules of their faith, Spiritual Revival, an offshoot of Christianity. For instance, everyone wears white, as a sign of their purity. Raymond Barthes photographed the village, after discovering that his grandmother had grown up there. He found a completely self-sufficient community, and asked himself how it would respond to rising globalization and emancipation: will it join in these currents, or withdraw still further? – Every Sunday the whole community goes to the church. In the background, Sleeping Woman and Crying Woman mountains.

  • REVIVAL VILLAGE (Madagascar, 2006)

    Soatanana is een zelfvoorzienend plattelandsdorpje met een eigen ziekenhuis en een particuliere school.

  • REVIVAL VILLAGE (Madagascar, 2006)

    The Spiritual Revival church has precisely enough seats for all 2500 villagers.

  • REVIVAL VILLAGE (Madagascar, 2006)

Africa Inside
2000

Africa Inside

Raymond Barthes

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Barthes makes polaroids of the island of Réunion, the French overseas department where he has lived since 1980. The photographs are colourful and of varying nature. He records the mystery of the world around him and transforms the exotic into fantasy by working over the photographs with acrylic paint, pen and other materials that he has available. The number of professional and itinerant photographers on Réunion rose when the island became an administrative department of France. In the 1960s there were studios and photo stores present in almost every city. A new generation of press photographers appeared in the 1970s. Creative photography was practised by talented amateur photographers and shown in various exhibitions.The 1980s and '90s were characterized by an explosion in cultural and artistic activity. Collections were assembled by institutions and agencies, including the Departmental Archives, for which Barthes has been the official photographer since 1980.

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    Barthes makes polaroids of the island of Réunion, the French overseas department where he has lived since 1980. The photographs are colourful and of varying nature. He records the mystery of the world around him and transforms the exotic into fantasy by working over the photographs with acrylic paint, pen and other materials that he has available. The number of professional and itinerant photographers on Réunion rose when the island became an administrative department of France. In the 1960s there were studios and photo stores present in almost every city. A new generation of press photographers appeared in the 1970s. Creative photography was practised by talented amateur photographers and shown in various exhibitions.

    The 1980s and '90s were characterized by an explosion in cultural and artistic activity. Collections were assembled by institutions and agencies, including the Departmental Archives, for which Barthes has been the official photographer since 1980.

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Biography

Raymond Barthes (b. 1957, Madagascar) is the photographer for the French national archives. He previously took part in the Noorderlicht exhibition Africa Inside in 2000.

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Act of Faith

Act of Faith

Price EUR 10,00

Africa Inside

Africa Inside

Price EUR 10,00