I’m often asked how I manage to exhibit my work.
And the answer is very simple: I apply for open calls.
Some artists manage to get noticed on social networks.
Yes, this is great, but let’s be honest: it’s also really hard to do so.
That’s why I decided to apply for open calls (but I do have social networks too). If you want to do the same, you definitely need a portfolio.

And there are plenty of other reasons why you should have a portfolio!

A portfolio is an essential tool in which you show and promote your work.

If you like art, you certainly know the video “Andy Warhol eating a hamburger.” This latter is an excerpt from the film “66 Scenes from America”, directed by Jørgen Leth.

Jørgen Leth is a Danish filmmaker who arrived in the USA in the 80s.
There, he decided to create a film about America — how it was to live in this country at that time. So, in his film, we can see things such as landscapes, motels, diners, inhabitants’ portraits, highways, and also things related to the American culture.
In 1982, Jørgen Leth realized a documentary film entitled « 66…

I think we all have a place we fall in love with.
It’s like falling in love with a person.
You go somewhere without knowing that it’s going to be love at first sight and yet as soon as you arrive, you feel something very special about this place.
You miss it the second you leave it. You’re nostalgic when you don’t go there for a long time. In fact, you just want to go there again and again and again…and even live there.
And where you’re there, you‘re a different person.
That’s how I feel about Brighton.

Pauline Le Pichon, Brighton, 2019

Five years…

Don’t you think it’s disgusting to see that many artists earn more money once they’re dead? Resting in their graves, they seem to get more consideration than when they were alive. But we all know that it comes way too late.

I’m not going to make a list of all the artists to whom this has happened because it would be endless. But let’s think for example of one of the most famous artists on this planet: Frida Kahlo.
A few years ago I read some letters that she’d written and sent to various recipients (family, lovers, friends…) and in which…

During the last lockdown, I found myself thinking about my artistic career,
the uncertainty since the beginning of the pandemic, and the good and bad aspects that there are generally in the art fields.

If someone have told me 20 years ago that I’d become an artist,
I’d have simply laughed. Me ? Artist ? No way !
I became interested in photography very late.
It started when I was in high school and before that, my interest in art was very limited. My first memory of art was when my parents took me to an art museum. I was maybe 10…

While studying photography’s history, I came across articles about post-mortem photography. It’s a kind of photography that I’ve always found strange, weird. Before explaining my thoughts, let’s talk about post-mortem photography’s history.

Photography was born in 1839 (but it’s unofficially much older than that).
In 1839, thanks to Arago in particular, the daguerreotype became known troughout the whole world.
Although the exposure time was quite long, photographic portraits began to appear. It’s also at this time that post-mortem photography (= memento mori photo) appeared. A post-mortem photography is, as you probably know, a portrait of a deceased person. It is…


I usually can tell whether I liked a film or not.
But “Malcolm & Marie”, Sam Levinson’s new film, is one of those films that left me confused. Because I liked it and I didn’t like it at the same time.

I’m not going to lie : what made me want to watch it (at first) is the aesthetics of black and white. As soon as I saw the trailer, I found it beautiful.
The contrasts seemed striking, and the shots really intriguing.
I rarely watch black and white films, and when I do, it’s often old films.

I started using social networks over ten years ago.
Like many people, I started with Facebook, then Twitter,
followed by Instagram.
At the beginning, I was really oversharing my life.
In other words I used to post a lot of uninteresting things.
As the years went by, I realized that these things had to remain ‘private’.
And I started to use social networks mainly for my work
and the causes I was/I’m fighting for.

But in recent years I’ve begun to observe things that have fascinated
and saddened me at the same time.
It took me a long time to…

Seven years ago, the 4th january 2014 to be precise, I was assaulted.
At that time, I was working on a photographic series for which I was taking pictures of myself each day, in order to create a real-fake every day life.
On the 4th january 2014, I wasn’t really inspired. During some shopping I had taken a photograph that wasn’t really good. So I’d told myself that I was going to take an other photo, in a street, on my way back home.
And that’s what I’ve done.

On my way back, I felt, deep down, that something was…

It’s december, the month in which many of us review the past year.
Here, in this article, I’ve chosen to share my artistic favourites of 2020. Everything I enjoyed, everything I was moved by.
I encourage you to do the same on your side. You’ll see that’s it’s always less depressing than a year’s review (especially for this year !)

> Warning : There’re a lot of spoilers in this article !


TV shows :

I watch a lot of series. I’m a netflix addict and except “Riverdale”,
I’ve finished every show I started to watch. …

Pauline Le Pichon

French visual artist

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