and Serge Bramly
’s Rose, c’est Paris
is both a photographic monograph and a feature-length film on DVD. This extraordinary work of art, in two different but interlocking and complimentary formats, defies easy categorization, a multi-layered opus of poetic symbolism, surrealist visions, confused identities, artistic phantoms, obsession, fetish, and seething desire
.Equal parts erotica, fashion shoot, art monograph, metaphysical mystery
, social and cultural archaeology of the French capital, and neo-noir arthouse film—Rose, c’est Paris
is the steamy tale of twin sisters, known only as B and Rose, and a third principal—the city itself. An abduction leads to a detective story that unfolds in the streets, cafés, cabarets, museums, abandoned factories, and grand hotels of Paris. What happened to the missing sister? Was there a plot? Was she really kidnapped? Is she alive or dead? Is it in fact a case of mistaken identity?
Rheims and Bramly create a series of extraordinary tableaux suggesting all these possibilities and many more, featuring a host of celebrity figures
including Naomi Campbell
, Michelle Yeoh, Monica Bellucci, Charlotte Rampling, Valérie Lemercier, Inès Sastre, Anna Mouglalis, Audrey Marnay, Anthony Delon, Rona Hartner, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Azzedine Alaïa, Louise Bourgoin, and Hélèna Noguerra.Fetishistically boxed up in a retro attaché case are souvenirs of this curious tale
: a rose, a mask, an Eiffel Towel statuette (perhaps a murder weapon?), a booklet, a DVD, and of course the photo book itself. Invoke your inner detective: set the case before you, flip open the rusty latches, and devour the evidence....Art Edition limited to just 100 signed and numbered copies, each with the numbered original C-print Rose, c’est Paris, 2009, 30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.8 in.), Harman Photo-Barythpaper, signed by Bettina Rheims.Also available in a second Art Edition, with an alternative print.