Irina Ionesco’s work is characterized by the staging of the models thanks to decorations and atrezzos that transfer us to a universe of oriental palaces of marked theatrical and dreamlike environment, a universe inhabited by women who could well be incarnations of sacred heroines. These figures, adorned with jewels, gloves and symbolic or fetishistic objects, are shown in provocative poses that play with their one’s own object status of desire.
It is a pleasure for Homesession to present the exhibition of Irina Ionesco, the result of collaboration with this great figure in photography, which can be seen from 26 April to 8 June. The exhibition will consist of a selection conceived by the photographer herself, together with Olivier Collet & Isabelle Dodat, curators of the exhibition. We will be able to see original editions of the artist’s iconic series, including portraits of Fafa, her fetish model, the actress Sylvia Kristel and also fashion photographs, models for Playboy and male models (until now less seen) from the series on Dracula. For the occasion, a 40-page catalogue has been published, signed by the artist and printed in 150 copies.
Irina Ionesco (Paris, 1930) is a French photographer of Romanian origin. Ionesco shows an extreme sensitivity to nude posing, both revelation and dissimulation, and a great charisma in her mises en scène: throughout her more than fifty years of career, she has devised a singular world where eroticism coexists with death, a fragile and dangerous relationship that Ionesco develops in all its power. Fashion, the aesthetics of silent cinema, the precariousness of existence and an imaginary marked by the notion of transcendence are the elements that accompany the spectator in Irina Ionesco’s aesthetic and vital proposal.