Alliance Française of Hyderabad will play host to Emmanuelle Leblanc, the force behind ‘Shine!’ project, during her residency from 7-28 November in the City of Pearls.
Public space remains, by and large, a territory occupied by men. Through the installation of portraits of women in key places in the city, ‘Shine!’ aims at asserting a strong, radiant and sensitive female presence in the heart of Hyderabad.

Emmanuelle Leblanc envisions the creation of a series of large portraits (minimum human scale) of women, exhibited in strategic locations in Hyderabad. The models, both Indian and European, would represent various identities and generations. Their common feature will be to embody an independent, strong, luminous or resilient position, whether through their temperament, their profession or their history. These portraits will merge codes of European and Indian pictorial traditions and be produced from digitally and / or pictorially enhanced photographs.

This project is an extension of an experiment conducted in 2014 in the city of Vitry-sur-Seine as part of the International Women’s Day. It is also a development of the work started by Emmanuelle Leblanc during an artistic residency in Hyderabad in 2019, supported by Alliance Française of Hyderabad, Bordeaux Métropole, the Government of Telangana and the Krishnakriti foundation. This year’s residency is a collaboration between the French Embassy in India, the French Institute in India, Alliance Française of Hyderabad, Bordeaux Métropole,  Indian Photo Festival and the Government of Telangana.

About the artist:

Born in France in 1977 Emmanuelle Leblanc lives and works in Bordeaux.

Stemming from portrait tradition and photo-realism, Emmanuelle’s work gravitates towards abstract minimalism, which tends to perpetuate the Color Field Experience practices. Thus, through her small or large canvases and sometimes, sculptural installations, the “figurative” image tends to gradually, but more and more significantly disappear only to re-emerge accidentally.

Emmanuelle Leblanc has exhibited in different galleries and art institutions in France and abroad.

Alliance Française of Hyderabad is proud to host Emmanuelle for her shooting sessions with models from Hyderabad.
Her work will be exhibited at the State Art Gallery (inauguration on 18th November at 5pm), on the fences of KBR Park as part of the Indian Photo Fest Exhibition and other locations in the city.

Click on the link for Emmanuelle Leblanc’s work

After an ongoing exhibition at the State Art Gallery, Madhapur and fences of KBR Park as part of Indian Photo Fest till the 19th of November, SHINE! The beautiful residency project of Emmanuelle Leblanc defying the conventional definition of billboard beauty concludes at Alliance Française of Hyderabad with an exhibition of her work.

Date: 26th November
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Alliance Française of Hyderabad Auditorium.

The event is open to all.

The project continues even after the residency with possibilities of exhibiting her work in more locations.

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