In the nineteenth century, following the Napoleonic campaigns in Egypt, French painters and writers suddenly developed a consuming passion for the East. Fascinated by the splendors of the sultan’s court, excited by the mysteries of harems, Delacroix, Ingres and many others started to represent Turkish baths, half-naked slaves, the opulence of the Arabian Nights.
Inspired by this Orientalist movement, photographer Eric Lanuit reinterpreted its codes : sparkling colors, languid bodies, warm and sensual lights. Instead of goddesses and virgin slave-girls however, he prefers the beauty of dark and muscular princes, with their sensual and abandoned bodies, immersed in a picture "perspirant the amber perfumes, musk and sandalwood of a harem of imaginary boys".
These fascinating photographs are to be seen March 10 to 31 in Paris gay neighborhood, le Marais, in Paris LGBT bookstore « Les Mots à la Bouche ». Eric Lanuit is the founder and editor of gay magazines Character, Men Addicted and Ayor Magazine.
Exhibition - Photographs by Eric Lanuit
From Thursday 10th to Thursday 31st of March 2016
Private viewing on Friday 11th of March at 6pm
Les Mots à la Bouche
6 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie - 75004 Paris - France