Lise Sarfati

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We are delighted to announce Lise Sarfati will be talking about her recent book and series SHE with Guardian and Observer photography critic Sean O’Hagan.

SHE is published by Twin Palms with an essay of Quentin Bajac, Chief Curator of Photography at MoMA, New York. Lise will also be signing copies of the book following the talk.

Created between 2005 and 2009, SHE features four women – two sisters, Sloane and Sasha, their mother Christine and her sister Gina living in Oakland, California.  Sarfati has photographed them separately in various ordinary settings, from the interiors of Victorian houses to outside on the street.  The composition is kept simple, constructed without effects, though each image is suffused with rich colour and atmospheric light.

The work is in no way biographical – these four women draw their dramatic value from their status as “characters,” the term she uses to designate her models.  The women pose, but reservedly, more often than not without looking into the camera. And even when we do see their faces, we don't really seem to see them. They are here, but they are always also there, elsewhere.  The four women do not like being photographed, they resist, and this resistance is essential to Sarfati's images.

As Quentin Bajac says in his essay, "When we close the book and think a bit about it, we cannot but see She as the anti-family album par excellence".

Sarfati's work is in several important collections including Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum and Bibliothèque Nationale de France .  Her work has been exhibited internationally at major galleries and public institutions including Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; Rose Gallery, Los Angeles; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris: Maison Rouge, Paris; FOAM, Amsterdam; Photographer's Gallery, London and Nicolaj Center of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen.

Sarfati's work has been published as several books: ACTA EST (2000), Phaidon; The New Life (2005), Twin Palms; Austin, Texas Fashion Magazine (2008); and SHE (2012), Twin Palms.

A retrospective of her work will be in Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris in 2014.