The latest project from the Insitut français in Berlin promises goose bumps all round, summer or no summer. Les Nuits Du Polar explores the genre of crime in literature and the fine arts in all its diversity; from gruesome to beautiful, absurd to unsettling.
Nathalie van Doxell’s photo series ‘Présumés Coupables’ is one of two exhibitions on display as part of Les Nuits Du Polar. The artist has taken mugshots of convicted criminals, blown them up and provided a short handwritten description of their crimes. By choosing a ten year old child, an ‘innocent’, to write out the descriptions, she reminds us of the lost innocence of the criminals in question.
Artists duo Bachelot Caron provide an alternative perspective on crime, placing the observer in the role of police inspector… or perhaps even perpetrator. Their works, which can be described as somewhere between painting and photography, capture the moment just as something terrible has happened or is about to happen. [READ MORE]