WHAT: Art exhibition ‘The Big Picture’ in partnership with The MOP Colorado
WHERE: Le Petit Bateau gallery – 301 Bondi Road, around the back of the building
Bondi gallery owner Anne-Sophie Ridelaire is currently co-curating a photography exhibition on a grand scale. Having been tasked with choosing photographers to represent Sydney to the world, she spent a magical few weeks in March pasting their photos up on buildings and outdoor spaces in Europe as part of ‘The Big Picture’ exhibition. She has now brought the exhibition home to her gallery in Bondi.
What’s ‘The Big Picture’?
It’s a world-wide street art celebration which started in the USA in 2011 – this year it’s gone global.
Images gathered from photographers around the world have been produced as large Xerox prints and pasted up using non-damaging wheat paste glue. They are on display inside galleries, and outdoors in approved locations throughout many countries including South America, the USA, England, China, Mexico, Canada, France, Germany, and here in Sydney’s Bondi.
High altitude art
The exhibition took Anne-Sophie and her partner Gaetano back to her home city of Lyon in France, as well as to Sicily and Rome in Italy.
According to Anne-Sophie, the most exciting thing about the journey was the engagement with locals, who got involved with the exhibition, helping with the paste-up.
“When we started at one of the locations, Gaetano and I were pasting the pictures up alone – but after just a few minutes, up to fifty people joined us!” recalls Anne-Sophie excitedly. “By the end we had gathered a big team of people who were helping to decorate the city with our photos. We met so many nice people, I will keep those moments in my mind for all of my life.”
During their time in Sicily, they found themselves in some dangerous situations while out on assignment. At one point they realised they had entered a seedy area and were surrounded by drug dealers, pimps and sex workers. Proving that art transcends cultural boundaries, it wasn’t long before the ‘colourful’ locals became intrigued in the project, even getting involved in the process by choosing some images to decorate their neighbourhood.
By the end of their trip they had pasted up more than 110 images, including one at a nose-bleed inducing altitude of 3,500m, while snowboarding in the French Alps.
From curator to cultural ambassador
Anne-Sophie’s involvement in The Big Picture has created many exciting connections and opportunities for this young, ambitious gallery owner. Having met many other curators and artists during her journey, she has filled her exhibition programme for Le Petite Bateau with an impressive list of international exhibitors.
To top it all off, she became cultural ambassador of Lyon during her visit, tasked with representing the local culture of her home city here in Australia!
The Big Picture in Bondi
The Big Picture exhibition is currently featured in Anne-Sophie’s Bondi Road gallery ‘Le Petite Bateau’. She is still looking for council approval for venues to paste up her images in other places around Sydney.
Check the Le Petit Bateau website or email Anne-Sophie on email@example.com for more information about gallery opening times.
Tracey@What’s New Bondi xx