Elsa Leydier’s Plátanos con platino at La Vivette in Paris
100% l’EXPO – SORTIES D’ÉCOLES
31 March 2021 – 16 May 2021
This show in Paris at La Vilette comprises the works of more than 100 former French art school students. The work of Elsa Leydier is included in the presentation with her series Plátanos con platino. The series investigates Chocó, the region known and spoken of only as of the poorest and most violent in Colombia. However, it also happens to be one of the richest regions in the world in terms of its biodiversity, but the news doesn’t talk about that. Elsa Leydier is revealing Chocó’s luxuriance, a side less visible and often neglected. By doing so, she aims for breaking the consensual image of the Amazon region and, by the means of photography, gives it back the values it has lost.
Leydier’s prints have been produced especially for the show as large canvases to be exhibited in the park of La Vilette — to extend the show to the outside space of La Vilette while the museum visits in France are allowed only for those working in the cultural sector. “I see the opportunity of showing 3 of my pictures outside the exhibition venue as a beautiful way to adapt to the new situation, and to keep art accessible for all. It can almost be seen as an act of resistance,” comments Elsa.
With the 5th edition of its 100% L’EXPO – SORTIES D’ÉCOLES event, La Villette continues to offer a faithful and demanding panorama of the best talents of young French and international artistic creation who have recently graduated.