Claudine Doury invites us to go back to meet the people she photographed twenty years ago along the Amur River. "By finding Nanaï and Ulche families, I would like to be able to testify at the same time of the passage of time on these families met then, but also changes that could have occurred on a larger scale on these vulnerable people."
The portrait of these populations will redefine the contours of a territory that bears the traces of its history and to measure the changes taking place on these lands on the border of China.
By documenting the lives of these families, Claudine Doury seeks to make recognize, despite their fragility, the permanence of these cultures while questioning the destiny of these peoples.
Claudine Doury approaches in her work the notions of memory, transition and passage, especially around adolescence and travel. This quest has led her to Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, to discover little-studied peoples. In her "Siberian Peoples" series, which won the 1999 Leica Oscar Barnack Award and the World Press Award, she immortalized the culture and customs of isolated and vulnerable populations. In 2004, she received the Niépce prize for all of her work. Her photographs, exhibited in France and abroad, are in various public and private collections. Member of the VU agency, she is represented by La Galerie Particulière (Paris, Brussels).
Académie des Beaux-Arts
The "Académie des Beaux-Arts" is one of the five academies that constitute the "Institut de France". It encourages the artistic creation in all its forms and watch over the French cultural heritage. It aims at supporting creation by organizing contests, giving prizes, financing artist residencies and granting artistic projects and events in France and abroad. Advisory body to the public authorities, the academy has been founded with a multidisciplinary approach, gathering fifty-nine members divided into eight artistic sections.