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On January 28, 2010, Visionairs Gallery Paris presented “Carte Blanche” multimedia exhibit by photographer and director Indira Cesarine, in collaboration with XXXX Magazine.

“Carte Blanche” by Indira Cesarine is a multimedia exploration of visual references and ideology that have inspired her since she began her artistic career.  Touted as a “photographic child protégé”, Cesarine’s first solo exhibition was at the age of 16 at the Paul Mellon Arts Center. Over the years her work has sparked the interest of some of the world’s top creative directors, having been commissioned for British Vogue, GQ, Glamour and L’Officiel as well as many other international publications and advertising campaigns.  In 2009 she produced and launched the multimedia publication XXXX MAGAZINE, showcasing original multimedia productions of fashion and video art films. The launch issue, The Kaleidoscopic Issue, was brought together through the collaboration of over 100 creative contributors.

A fascination with the exploration of light combined with intense close up portrait style imagery has become her signature. In a return to her work from her first exhibition in 1988, “Carte Blanche” presents imagery that once again explores themes of experimental exposure, solarization, fractured light and dramatic composition.  Her inspiration has often come in the unwoken hours of sleep, as with her imagery she can bring to life the visuals of her dreams, often unworldly creatures that are inspired by myth and folklore.

“Carte Blanche” is a presentation of several of Cesarine’s recent series, including Eyes Open, Eyes Closed, an ode to Surrealism.  In a series of nude portraits she explores the innocence and serenity of dreamlike states juxtaposed with the intensity of consciousness. In Kaleidoscopic, a photographic and video presentation, the multifaceted nature of visual icons is presented through the representation of modern day mythical goddesses.   Other imagery includes a photographic portrait series inspired by fairies, Faire Philtre, video art films Four Walls, Monocromatic Kaleidoscopic and Kabaret, as well as clips from the launch issue of XXXX MAGAZINE.

Her latest film for XXXX Magazine, THE SPELL, directed in collaboration with Phantasmic TV, premiered at the exhibit. It was projected outside the gallery as well as on interior screens juxtaposed against the photographic images used in the film, the “Eyes Open, Eyes Closed” series.

The exhibit was open from January 28 – February 10th, 2010.

Exhibit photographs by Ernest Aregal Salgot and Barbara Labate exclusively for XXXX Magazine.