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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Xmas celebration at Alliance Francaise


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:� Alliance Française de Trivandrum will organise a Christmas celebration with French carols and Buche de Noel on December 3 at 5 pm. On this occasion, Alliance Française de Trivandrum will also present ‘Metaphor Shots: An exhibition of photographs by Sophia Laouari’.
� Sophia, an amateur photographer who is also passionate about film-making, studied photography in Paris. For Sophia, camera became the producer of the images locked in her head which no words could describe.
She considered it easier to capture the images rather than inventing a new language. Her work focuses on people, as she is fascinated by identity, universality and humanity in its simplest representation. Her first work was on the anti-globalisation protests that took place against the G8 summit in Rostock, Germany.
A few years later, she focused on the Cambodian’s face, it was her way of saying that Cambodia does not rhyme with mines, or Khmer Rouge only.
�This time, she has decided to mix French expressions or French sayings with Indian images. It seems interesting to combine two cultures deeply rooted in the collective unconscious. ‘’I think that proverbs reflect a culture as well as the formulation reveals a way of thinking. However, it remains something deeply human and therefore universal. That’s why I wanted to bring French language and visual India to widen the mind and that is not confined to stereotypes. I would like to attract also attention to daily life, the intensity of what is happening in front of our eyes every day and we end up not seeing out of habit. The answers to our existential questions are mostly all around us, we just have to be careful and look beyond what appears,” Sophia says.

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