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Bourcart Jean-Christian

Jean-Christian Bourcart first gained attention in France, his native country for "Infertile Madonnas" (1992), a series of photographs taken in Frankfurt brothels, which was published with an introduction by Nan Goldin. He also published "Forbidden City" (1999), an investigation of swinging and S&M clubs taken with a hidden camera ,"Traffic," a study of commuters caught in traffic jams (2004); and "Sinon la mort te gagnait" ("if not, Death would have overtaken you") (2007), an autobiography mixing text and photographs. His last bodies of works include "Stardust," in which he photographed the image on the glass that separates the projection room from the audience in movie theaters, and "Collateral", in which he projected photographs of Iraqi war victims on houses, churches and supermarkets in the American countryside. He also documented the city of Camden, N.J., which is one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the U.S.A., trying to understand what is the real life behind the statistics and at the same time questionning his own practice. In 2009 he directed his second feature movie, « In Memories of the Days to Come. » with César Award winning French actress Elodie Bouchez . As a photographer, Bourcart has been the recipient of the Prix Niepce, the prix Gilles Dusein, Paris, The World Press Award, Amsterdam and The Prix du Jeu de Paume, Paris. The fiction movie "Elvis," which he wrote and co-directed in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war has been awarded numerous prizes. His work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Genève; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; and the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris. Bourcart's exhibitions include Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris; Chrysler Museum of the Art, Norfolk; Centre National de la Photographie, Paris; Galerie du Jour, Paris, Kagan Martos Gallery, New York; Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam; Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York. He was a recipient of grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, theCentre National des Arts Plastiques, and the Villa Medicis. Jean-Christian Bourcart has been living and working in New York since 1997.

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