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Pierre-André de Chalendar & Saint-Gobain Netherlands

A few days ago I went to the Netherlands, at the request of Mr. Joost Morsink General Manager Northem Europe of Saint-Gobain Abrasives, to do a photo report on the visit of the plant in Eibergen by the global CEO of the firm,

Mr. Pierre-André de Chalendar, as well as Mr. Benoit d’Iribarne, President of Saint-Gobain Germany, Benelux and Austria.

Saint-Gobain is a French company specialized in the production, processing and distribution of building and construction materials.

The company was founded in 1665 by Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683) under the name of Royal Ice Factory, currently the company is present in sixty-six countries and has 179,149 employees worldwide (2017).

The challenge was to make a different style of photos, at least more unconventional than what a company like this is used to.

I was struck by the modernity, the excellence of the company, and the extreme comfort offered to employees.

Saint-Gobain is a company that cares about the well-being of its employees and in 2018 Saint-Gobain was awarded the ‘Top Employer Global’ certification label for the third year in row.

Only 13 organizations in the world have been presented with this label.
Congratulations, then, to Pierre-André de Chalendar, a great French leader and influencer who understood what the world of tomorrow’s business should be!

* Are you interested in different images for communication. Do not hesitate to contact me! My work area is global.

 

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And watch the video of the exhibition on the Noto Fior di Foto here:

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Exposed in Sicily

Last week, I received an award at Noto Fior di Foto, in Sicily.

Cherry on the cake for the award-winning photographers in the different categories,

an exhibition begins today at the Fondation Vittorio Emanuele-Teatro Tina Di Lorenzo,

in Noto, Sicily (my second exhibition this week after Nigeria).

 

The list of photographers exhibited:

 

 

Giovanni Coste (Italy)

Irina Gaivoronskaya (Russia)

Beatriz Glez Sa (Spain)

Gregory Herpe (France)

Aleksandr Ivanov (Russia)

Kate (Russia)

Sky Kim (Georgia)

Massimiliano Monnecchi (Italy)

G. B. G. Son (Bangladesh)

Alexey Trofimov (Russia)

Tatsiana Tsyhanova (Belarus)

Yana Vasilyeva (Russia)

Robin Yong (Australia)

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Fondation  Vittorio Emanuele-Teatro Tina Di Lorenzo,

Piazza XVI Maggio, 1
96017 Noto
SR, Italy

Dog’s Life…

to walk in the fields...

The Netherlands, may 2018

 

Exhibited in Nigeria

Great “premiere” for me yesterday, with the opening of my first exhibition in Africa!

My friend Simon Mack, great british photographer, is the curator of that marvellous

meeting of 9 international photographers named  “People across the globe”, for 3 weeks.

ATBU University hosts the event, in a country who need of art and peace.

A beautiful adventure …

“People across the globe”
Hans-Jorg Aleff – Germany
Steve Bennett – Great Britain
Subhasish Bhattacharya – India
Gregory Herpe – France
Leonardo Iheme – Nigeria
Simon Mack – Great Britain
Ernesto Muñiz – Mexico
Tim Ritchie – Australia
Lesley Weyman – Great Britain

To see the promo video, click on the image below:

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
Ahmadu Bello Way, Bauchi, Nigeria

Live on french radio

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of participating, as every week, in the show “Et si on en parlait”, hosted by Patrick Mas on France Bleu Roussillon, exceptionally live from the Fair Expo.

I was surrounded by three other talented columnists, André Bonet, President of the CML (Mediterranean Center of Literature), Frédérique Barriol-Montes, winery owner of Domaine la Casenove, and Jacky Loos, owner of the excellent restaurant Host & Vinum in Canet in Roussillon.

Some good moments, as always!

To see it again on my channel Youtube (register, it’s free!):

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Award in Sicily

Very happy to be awarded today at the Noto Fior di Foto, in Sicily.
One of the pictures from my Cambodian series, taken at Happy Chandara School, 
won the 3rd prize in the Monochrome category, as well as the Honorable Mention.
The photo will be exhibited with the winners of all categories at the Noto Fior di Foto, 
a photographic festival in the beautiful city of Noto, Sicily, on May 18, 19, and 20, 2018.

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Address:
Teatro Comunale Vittorio EmanuelePiazza XVI Maggio, 1
96017 Noto, Sicilia, Italia
http://www.notofiordifoto.it/apply/



The American magazine “Popular Photo Magazine” is organizing the election of the portrait of the year.

The photo I made recently of a Femen is in the running.

Vote for her by following this link (then confirming the vote by email).

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In advance, thank you all!

 

My friend Rebekah and her band Saint Ophelia are great artists!

They are about to make their first recording and they are asking for your financial support to make it a success.

They deserve it!

watch their video presentation, listen to their songs … You will be convinced!

Click on the picture:

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Thanks in advance for them!

 

Jenny A Wenhammar, leader of Femen Sweden poses for me & sends her message to Putin & Erdogan, on youtube…

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Femen : feminists fight Erdogan and Putin

Femen leader in Sweden, Jenny A Wenhammar, wanted to meet me so that I realize, for her and her movement, the photo intended to deliver two strong messages related to the news:

 

- The first, intended for Vladimir Putin, on the occasion of the presidential election in Russia,  March 18, 2018. She wishes through this photo denounce the absence of democracy in Russia, the lack of rights of women, and discrimination against LGTBs.

 

- The second, addressed to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkey, condemning their attempted genocide against the Kurdish people in Afrin.

 

So she made the trip and we made this picture, with the only request to pose with “my clouds” and my style.

 

Femen became internationally famous by organizing actions, mostly topless with slogans written on the body, this in order to defend the rights of women, to engage in favor of democracy, and to fight against corruption or again against the influence of religions in society.

 

The unsensored picture:

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You will find below the official statement of Femen accompanying this picture:

 

“FEMENISTS FIGHT ERDOGAN & PUTIN

On the 18th of March 2018 Putin sacrificed the Kurdish people in Afrin for his superpower wet dream, on the date of the 4th anniversary of his sneaky annexation of Crimea 2014 in Ukraine. On the 18th of March 2018, Putin arranged elections without a choice, and turned his blind eye to his fake democracy apprentice Erdogan in Turkey who early in the morning of this so called Russian election day, conveniently annexed Afrin in Rojava in northern Syria.

 

Let’s make it clear that Putin and Erdogan are eager to build their nationalist fascism based on fighting feminist values.

They fight by installing double fear, but Femen does not fear them. Femenists fight back!

 

Putin and Erdogan are evil twin brothers in their use of fascism to silence advocates of democracy and freedom of expression, extended

to all members of society.

 

They fight human rights through harassment, imprisonment and murder of free-thinking people. Hailing fear, and fearing opposition.

They extended fear to society through cultivation of conservative nationalism and religious pride, claiming that western values will

undermine Russia and Turkey.

 

And what frightens them the most is equality and LGBTQ-rights. Despots always fear feminism, throughout history.

On the 18th of March 1940 Hitler met his evil twin brother Mussolini in the Brenner Pass, and history does repeats itself over and over again

when psychopath authoritarian men recognize how they can use each other to expand their territory, grabbing whatever they want.

 

On the other side we have the opposite values; of feminism and care for living beings’ rights. Keep it clear that these are two systems at war.

The Kurdish freedom fighters with it’s brave women and men from YPJ and YPG together ending the Islamic Caliphate in the region, believe in the values of secularity and women’s rights, establishing inclusive direct democracy and a gender revolution, where ethnic minorities and the gay community are welcomed. The revolution of Rojava united socialism, feminism and even environmentalism.

 

When Erdogan cracked down at the uprise in Gezi Park 2013 it should have been clear to the world what was to come, from bad to worse.

Now after the coup Turkey’s regime locks up more journalists than any other government on Earth, and as Erdogan expands his sunni caliphate the relationship between Turkey and jihadism is undeniable.

The repeated Kurdish genocides, recently committed by ISIS, are continued by Erdogan, condoned by Putin.

Putin has betrayed the Kurds, and so has the world, as has the world neglected Russia waging a horrendous air campaign in Syria on behalf of Assad’s forces, since 2015. And Erdogan has thrived from his payed position stopping refugees from fleeing into Europe.

Both Putin and Erdogan gain power by a wavering West, and for Putin a Turkish conflict with NATO is a plus.

 

So when Turkey two months ago launched an air and ground offensive called “Olive Branch” against Kurdish controlled Afrin, even if US troops

have fought with the Kurds against ISIS, Putin withdrew the Russian air umbrella protecting Afrin, giving an obvious approval.

Putin condoned ethnical cleansing on the day of his electoral fake victory where voters were forced to choose him for six more years of dictatorship.

This destabilizes the relations with Assad and Rouhani, but is apparently preferred by Putin in order to harm stability in the European Union

and transatlantic relationships.

Here Putin and Erdogan stand hand in hand – happy twin homophobes united in preventing any drift westward.

For they are as horny for power as they are scared of feminism.

 

FEMINISM IS THE FUTURE, AND WE ARE READY TO FIGHT FOR IT!

Award of the Best Press Photo of the year

I did not see these images of the awards ceremony of the 29th Night of the Press, in 2015.

I had the pleasure of receiving the Best Press Photo Award for an image from my reportage about the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Here is the video of the pleasant memory of a trophy that opened a few doors.

Click on the image (and subscribe to my Youtube channel!):

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Storm in Catalonia

Canet en Roussillon, 1st March 2018

With the cold wave that hit France and Europe in general, the Catalan coast showed a poetic anger, at the beginning of the week

Ligne Roset Store in France

In collaboration with the Castang Art Project gallery, a large selection of my photographs are currently on sale in the Ligne Roset Cinna store in Perpignan.

Ligne Roset has been offering upscale contemporary furniture and pieces of art for several decades, and is a reference.The opportunity to change or enhance your home decor, by acquiring my photos!

 

 

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Anders om, by Amber Huijskes

First book of my stepdaughter Amber, “Anders om”, exposed in the Arnhem’s library!
Proud of her!

Her website:  https://www.amberhuijskes.com/

 

A video from Meret Lossen about the opening of my exhibition in Zurich with Masters like Picasso, Dali, Erwin Olaf, and several emerging artists (Johan Wahlstrom, Josie McCoy, Nicola Verlato…)….

On Youtube, here:

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Orelsan

Congratulations to Orelsan, whom I had the chance to photograph, and who triumphs this night at the Victoires de la Musique (it’s like the Grammy Awards) in the categories:

- Male Artist of the Year

-Album of urban music

- Audiovisual creation

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Beyond the polemics, I met a really charming boy, simple and intelligent.

Bravo Aurélien …

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BUY ART

There are different advantages to buying the work of a living artist (Acquisition of works of art companies may deduct from their taxable profit the cost of acquiring, for example).

All my photographs are signed, numbered (series of 8 or 20 prints only), with a certificate of authentication.

You will find the formats and prices here:

http://www.gregoryherpe.com/price/

I am happy to answer any questions you may have:

http://www.gregoryherpe.com/contact-2/

American Gothic in the Netherlands

January 1st, 2018, close to the city of Winterswijk, in the Netherlands, near the German border,

I was surprised to find this chalet, inspired by one of the most famous paintings

of the XXth century:

American Gothic, from Grant Wood. This painting (collection of the Institute of Art of Chicago)

presents a standing farmer next to his single daughter. The models were the dentist and the

sister of  Grant Wood.

The woman is dressed in a printed colonial apron imitating the American traditional style of

XIXth Century.

The fork suggests hard labour and the flowers above the right shoulder of the woman suggests

the domestic life.

I was pleasant surprised to find this very free adaptation in the dutch countryside, and to notice that his

anonymous author choose to make the girl wink, for unknown reasons…

Happy New Year

Happy NY 2018

Merry Christmas!

In this loveliest and happiest of seasons, may you find many reasons to celebrate. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Opening in Zurich

I was very pleased by the beautiful opening of my exhibition in Zurich, november 11th.
The Art & Business Gallery, "Political Poetical" offered me to exhibite, as an emerging artist, 
alongside with great masters like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Erwin Olaf, but also Santiago Sierra, 
Chus García-Fraile, Johan Wahlstrom, Johanna Reich, and Josie McCoy.
Seeing my photos in front of Picasso's drawings was awesome.

Thanks to Petra Lossen (director), Leonhard Flopp (owner of the gallery) & Paco Barragan (curator).

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With a Dali Sculpture

 

 

In The Pariser…The french New Yorker!

A nice article from journalist and photographer Karine Sicard-Bouvatier, on the blog "The Pariser",

the digital version of the eponymous magazine launched by two excellent journalists : Ulysse Gosset and Laetitia Monsacre.

I'm proud that my name is mentioned in this article.

http://www.jimlepariser.fr/fotofever-vive-la-jeunesse/

 

FOTOFEVER 2017 : done!

It was a nice fair in the prestigious setting of the Carrousel du Louvre.
Fotofever 2017 is done and it was a lot of very good professional meetings.

The Castang Art Project gallery presented my animal work in Africa, from Kenya to Ethiopia, through Tanzania, Namibia, Cameroon, Congo, 
from November 10th to 12th.

I invite you to contact Roger Castang, director of the gallery, to buy these works: http://www.castangalerie.com/
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With Cécile Schall, Fotofever director

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Roger Castang, director of the Castang Art Project gallery

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Pauline, Miss Pin Up France 2018

Last night during the radio show “and if we talk about..”, on France Blue, presented by Patrick Mas, we received Miss Pauline Vidal, Miss Pin-Up France 2018.

This was a beautiful occasion for us (Jacques Font, owners of several cinema in France, and Thierry Meier, producer) to listen to a young beautiful woman and recalling what the French elegance in the 50s was all about.

Without the slightest vulgarity and with a good set of brains underneath her veil, this dog groomer, will defend the French colors at the Miss Las Vegas Pin-Up, the real World Championship of this discipline.

Good luck, Pauline!


 

A lowbrow artist: Berhart

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting the french artist Berhart (and to buy two splendid prints from him) at the tattoo convention of Perpignan, south of France.
Self-taught artist and a very original man, below you can read his official bio and I invite you to discover his awesome work by checking out his website:


http://berhart.blogspot.fr/p/lowbrow.html


LOWBROW ARTIST OR POP-SYMBOLIST?
At the end of the 80s, when he continued the comics from Pellos "Les pieds nickelés", Berhart "decorates" the streets of Toulouse with stencils, stickers, and graphics
inspired by African art.
Subsequently, he leaves the streets and comics for illustration and artistic direction in publishing and communication.
He had the opportunity, in the mid-90s, to publish the comics magazine "Azimut".
From 2005, at the head of Galerie Berhart, he devoted himself to his art, opening a parenthesis between 2008 and 2012 to lead "Caramba!" Publishing, a particularly
innovative ebooks publisher.
Since 2013, he returned to his art. He has produced large black and white drawings with a dense and complex composition teeming with esoteric, political, mystical and alchemical messages. 
He diverted classical works as well as references and imagery of popular culture, giving them a new meaning and a strong symbolic burden.
In parallel, he creates very colorful paintings inspired by street-culture and comics.

At the forefront of Pop Art and off the path of institutional art, he constructs a work that is rich in meaning, critical and uninhibited, questioning the cultural and social
chaos of the twenty-first century.

Gypsy culture in the European Parliament

End of the exhibition of my photos on gypsy culture in the European Parliament.
A very beautiful adventure.

On the agenda of Parliament this week, there was discussion against anti-Gypsyism; my photos were in the right place and at the right time.

And what a pleasure to be surrounded by my gypsy friends Jimmy Villa, singer and guitarist, and David Baptiste, restaurateur!

 

FOTOFEVER 2017 international photo fair

I’m very busy for the end of the year!

I will be represented by the gallery Castang Art Project at FOTOFEVER, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.

FOTOFEVER is a prestigious international photo fair directed by Cécile Schall.

From the 10th to the 12th of November, we are waiting for you.

I will be physically present on Sunday 12, if you would like to meet me and buy directly one of the photographs that I will propose.

I can’t be there the first two days, held by the opening of my exhibition in Zurich, November 11, at the Art & Business Gallery.

I will also make a dedication of my last photo book, at 17:00.

I’m very happy to meet you soon at the Carrousel du Louvre!

 

On the Black Frame Magazine…

Thanks to the journalist Camilla Sechi!

 

Follow the link: https://www.blackframemag.com/gregory-herpe-photographer-playwright/

Exhibition in Zurich with Dali, Picasso & Erwin Olaf…

Petra Lossen Fine Art is pleased to announce the thought-provoking interdisciplinary international exhibition Political Poetical with works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Santiago Sierra, Erwin Olaf, Chus García-Fraile, Johan Wahlstrom, Johanna Reich, Gregory Herpe and Josie McCoy.

Curated by Spanish curator and arts writer Paco Barragán and Petra Lossen, the exhibit brings together an imaginative mix of classic and contemporary artists around the topics of the ‘political’ and the ‘poetical’.

The personal is political….and the political is poetical we could add. To the famous 1960s slogan—about which by the way until today nobody claimed autorship for originating the phrase—we could confidently argue that the political is poetical.

Especially in the contingent times of today’s capitalism it becomes a fascinating topic to  examine how the political can be poetical and how the poetical is extremely political.

We entered in the mean time ‘classic’ artists like Picasso and Dalí in a fresh dialogue with contemporary artists like Santiago Sierra, Erwin Olaf or Josie McCoy, just to mention a few. The exhibition represents an exercise in a-historical or trans-historical curating that helps us to articulate how the political-poetical dialectics has been and still is a mayor topic in contemporary art and society.

Basically, we could argue that the artistic and its structures are always trying to redefine themselves and looking for news ways to meet the challenges society faces. Maybe today under neo-liberalism it is not about utopia or demanding radical democracy, but about more modest goals: the survival of democracy or the return/recovery of certain benefits of the wellfare state.

 

The exhibit Political Poeticalinserts itself within this fascinating artistic discourse and pursues the questions of what is art, what can art do and if it still can represent a place of resistance, critique and opposition.

If for Hannah Arendt the political is inevitably connected to actions that enable the appearance of the ‘unknown’, the art world is a place of ‘conflictual consensus’—as Jacques Ranciére would argue—where the utopian, the irreverent, the radical, and the impossible is possible. “Contrary to the usual assumption”­­—affirms Murray Edelman—“art should be recognized as a major and integral part of the transaction that engenders political behaviour.”

The group of artists reunited in the show tackle the dialects political-poetical from diferent angles negotiating its limits and its tensions using varied intedisciplinary media like painting, photography, video, sculpture, performance and work on paper.

The exhibition is both concept and display-wise divided into two constellations.

 

The ‘political wall’ will revolve around Pablo Picasso´s drawings of Guernica—the so-called Post-scripts—that are still today a master piece and a clear example of the horror and injustices of war. Both Spanish artists Santiago Sierra and Chus García-Fraile will enter in dialogue with Picasso in a literal and metaphorical manner: while Sierra presents a photo from the famous series of Veterans of the War of Iraq, Afghanistan Facing the Walldenouncing the connection between capitalism and warfare, Chus García-Fraile delves into the origine of the fireworks and the idea of the image as artifice, as simulacrum, conveying mesmerizing analogies between real bombings and fireworks. Also on the same wall we will display Johann M. Reich’s video-performance Monument in which she paints a simple German flag in which she ´literally’ disappears revolving around ideas of patriotism and nationalism. And finally, we will exhibit a fascinating image by Dutch artist Erwin Olaf staged in the Berlin interbellum years with its unmatching oneiric atmosphere. Now that we celebrate 80 years of the bombing of Guernica, Picasso’s drawings  will provide a fascinating dialogue with the work of Santiago Sierra, Chus García-Fraile, Johanna Reich, Erwin Olaf and

If in the former constellation of works the political is more obvious or manifest, the ‘poetical wall’ reunites works in a sort of ‘assemblage’ by Salvador Dalí, Josie McCoy, Gregory Herpe and Johan Wahlstrom. Here we find the political filtered through modern society and elements like mass media, celebrity and social life in which the representation acquires poetical hints.

Salvador Dalí is an extremely political artist, although this part of his career has been conveniently silenced as he didn´t choose the right side of history. One of the inventors of the celebrity cultus, Dalí’s Profile of Time is an open-ended work which can reference from Einstein´s relativity theory to the poetical surrealists dream states in which oneiric landscapes go hand in hand with estranged characters. Josie McCoy delve directly in the realm of the celebrity status and politics turned into a celebrity contest: while Josie McCoy portrays the couple Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner exploring the potentiality of estrangement between the celebrity and the viewer.

On its turn, Gregory Herpe offers awkward and poetic black and white photographs of today’s cityscapes populated by celebrity personalities like Mick Jagger —vigilantly watched by French military— and histrionic Donald Trump. Finally, Swedish artist Johan Wahlstrom also walks the path of celebrity, mass media and especially social media by conveying estranged compositions of everyday life of people engaging in social media in the most varied situations tackling imaginatively concepts like “hyperflexibility”, “mobility” and “availability”, which are the key to the neo-liberal mantra. Departing from Salvador Dalí’s Profile of time we have in a metaphorical manner conceived a wall that deals poetically with politics, celebrity and social media.

The exhibition Political Poetical basically allows us to ask ourselves what is the role of art in society and how art can explore new ways and new ideas that can find directly or indirectly its way into our quotidianeity. Petra Lossen Fine Art is extremely happy to have reunited such a pool of artists in such a fascinating dialogue.

 

OPENING NOVEMBER 11th at 2pm

“Political Poetical”

An International Art Show curated by Petra Lossen & Paco Barragan

Art & Business Gallery

Trittligasse 4 – 8801 Zurich, Switzerland