The ‘Les Thermes’ series depicts a world of swimming pools. It features a variety of sporting practices (swimming lessons, diving, etc.) and different locations (pool, diving boards, showers) together with swimmers and instructors.
Paradoxically, there is no water in any of these pictures; all the swimming pools are empty. The apparent regulations seem absurd, and the figures in the images appear to be lost amidst monumental structures.
The first two photographs, from 2014, were commissioned and now occupy the walls of the swimming pool at Montfort-Sur-Meu (France). I very much enjoyed carrying out this work, which led to this series including 11 pictures.
“I have explored ‘shared meaning’ with great pleasure. The cultural codes of Western society, through the prism of my experience and world view, have always been my favorite subjects. Parody is the tone I use for evoking daily life; burlesque and humor are my favorite representational codes.”
Muriel Bordier was born in Rennes in 1965. She studied photography at Reims École des Beaux-Arts and graduated in 1990. Over the years, she has developed her photographic production with constant humour, and holds exhibitions regularly in France and abroad. Among the highlights of her artistic career include the ‘Eurazeo’ prize in 2015 and the ‘Arcimboldo’ award in 2010. With Espaces Muséaux, her work has entered the collection of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. She is also an active participant in artists’ residency programmes and often works with local communities, including them in her projects. Another aspect of her approach can be found in obligations, related to the French “percent for art” projects she takes part in. She is represented in Montpellier by the Annie Gabrielli Gallery.