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A Contemporary Approach to Traditional French Savoir-Faire

Exhibition and Demonstration,
11 May 14:30 — 18:00,
12 May 11:00 — 18:00
11 May 19:00
Institut Français
17 Queensberry Place

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The Institut français welcomes Fanny Boucher (Heliogravure), Lison de Caunes (Straw Marquetry) and Hervé Obligi (Stone Marquetry) for a lively discussion on their processes and techniques and how they oscillate from tradition to innovation in the newly renovated Salons of the Institut français. They also host a talk with photographer Edouard Elias and Fanny Boucher.

These ambassadors of French artistry give an insight into their unique savoir-faire, including héliogravure, a rare photo engraving process, straw marquetry and hard stone marquetry. Together with their apprentices Marie Levoyet and Camille Berthaux, they share the experiences of teaching their unique skills to a new generation of craftsmen and women. The newly renovated Salons of the Institut français showcase some of their masterpieces for the first time, including photographs by reporter Edouard Elias printed with the héliogravure process, contemporary furniture and decorative pieces.

Since 2015, the Master héliograveur Fanny Boucher has initiated the Kronik project, a collaborative work with photographers and journalists. Together with French reporter Edouard Elias, whose work on refugees’ living conditions and armed conflicts has been acclaimed over the past few years, they discuss the links between craftsmanship and journalism.

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