“Rêves de Provence,” an exhibition of photographs made by participants in SVA’s 2012 summer Arts Abroad program, Advanced Photography Workshop in Southern France, brings together student reflections on the beauty of
the French region of Provence. Under the guidance of faculty member Jean-Marc Veillon, students trained their lenses on the landscapes and people that have inspired artists for centuries, and visited the historic women’s psychiatric clinic Maison de Sante Saint-Paul to document a workshop in which patients were encouraged by an art therapist to act out their dream identities for the camera.
The exhibition includes the resulting portraits from the workshop, the artwork of the patients, and student expressions of their own dreams and reflections as travelers. In English, the title of the exhibition translates as either “Dreams from Provence,” a reference to the perspective of the patients who live in the region, or “Dreams of Provence,” in reference to the visiting Americans.
“Rêves de Provence” opens Monday, March 25 at 214 East 21 Street, 6th floor, with an opening reception on Wednesday, March 27 from 6 – 8pm. The exhibition is on view through April 5.The reception is open to all; the exhibition is open to students, faculty, and staff; the public may view the exhibition outside of the reception hours by calling 212.592.2340 or 212.592.2337 to make an appointment.
“Rêves de Provence” is the fourth exhibition organized by SVA in partnership with the Valetudo Association at the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul with the aim of increasing the awareness of art making as a therapeutic activity. Visiting information in English is online at avignon-et-provence.com. For a related post on the Advanced Photography Workshop in Southern France, click here.
Photo by Yasaman Alipour Fetrati.