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Katerina JEBB

Transition 1937 Eugène Jolas



Katerina JEBB  Transition 1937 Eugène Jolas


Digital print framed in glass and lead
60.5 x 54.5 cm
#2 of an edition of 5



Katerina JEBB

Untitled (52 rue Mazarine Paris)


Katerina JEBB  Untitled (52 rue Mazarine Paris)

Digital print framed in glass and lead.
90 x 58 cm
#1 of an edition of 3




Catalogue Katerina Jebb, Musée Réattu, Arles. Editions Skira, Paris; Musée Réattu, Arles, 2016.

Catalogue Katerina Jebb, Musee Reattu, Arles. Editions Skira, Paris; Musee Reattu, Arles, 2016



While she is having her major retrospective exhibition "Deus ex Machina" in Musée Réattu in Arles, France, until December 31, 2016, Katerina Jebb made us the great honor and immense pleasure to show in our gallery, two of her works.
These pictures were taken not with a camera, but with a scanner.

The first one, "Transition 1937 Eugène Jolas", is an homage to the issue number 26, 1937, of the magazine Transition, which is, with the front cover by Marcel Duchamp, one of her major landmarks in the history of art.

The second one, "Untitled (52 rue Mazarine Paris)" is the image of the worn carpet of our gallery's entrance.
This trivial object, through Jebb's scanner, has become a work of art.


For a general approach of Katerina Jebb's work, we would recommend the book by Vilém Flusser, "Towards a philosophy of photography" (London: Reaktion Books, 2000). Her work is not mentioned in it, at least for date reasons, but it could be the best analysis of Jebb's work. Flusser describes a photographic process K. Jebb practices.
Her works would have been entirely relevant in the excellent show curated by Jan Dibbets, "La Boîte de Pandore, une autre photographie" (Pendora's box, another photography), at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, March 25 ­ July 17, 2016.
Interview Jan Dibbets/Fabrice Hergott (Museum director)
(in English).



Katerina Jebb was born in England in 1962. After studying drama at St Anne's College, she moved to California to study photography. Her first works were photomontages which she created inside the camera, originating from repeated exposure of a single roll of film.

In 1989 Jebb relocated to Paris and worked for the French newspaper Liberation. In 1991 she was involved in a car accident which paralyzed her right arm. To resolve the inability to hold a camera, Jebb began to employ machines to make life-size images, primarily self-portraits lying herself down on a high resolution scanning machine. Progressively, she diversified, posing subjects and objects, exploring the medium in parallel with the expanding possibilities in digital technology. Jebb proceeded to remove parts of the scanner to facilitate maximum extension of the subject. The duration of each passage of the scanner echoed early photographic principles, being seven minutes long, therefore demanding of the sitter to lie motionless for 28 minutes.

The resulting images, suspended and life like were embraced as a new visual medium and began to appear in Museums and Galleries, notably The Whitney Museum as part of The Warhol Look (1998), a world touring retrospective. Her early work was published in Life Magazine, The Times and Vogue. Jebb's work has flourished from its photographic origins, proceeding to disrupt the boundaries between mediums. Her photography has made way for video art, installations and sculpture. In her work, Jebb considers the human conditon with arrant sensitivity, offering the viewer a depiction of women that rejects the normalized, commercial female role. Her most recent series, Simulacrum and Hyperbole (2009-2011) offers a critique of women's representation in television and advertising through parodic videos featuring renowned female icons. These works simultaneously evoke laughter and pathos in their observance of the irrationality of popular expectations of women.



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Katerina Jebb's exhibition "Deus ex Machina" at Musée Réattu, Arles, July 2 - December 31, 2016







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