New Exhibition at The Cable Factory

The summer exhibitions of Cable Factory's exhibition space will open on May 13th. Agnès Varda – My First Life will exhibit film director Agnès Varda's (1928–2019) photography.

Agnès Varda: Naked in the ruins, 1954 © Agnès Varda Estate – Rosalie Varda Collection, courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Film director Agnès Varda (1928–2019) is known for her works Cléo from 5 to 7(1962), One Sings, the Other Doesn't(1977), Vagabond (1985), and Faces, Places (2017). Varda was also a visual artist, and out of three creative lives, her life as a photographer is the least known.

Agnès Varda became a photographer after moving to Paris in the late 1940s.Varda opened her first photography exhibition on June 1, 1954. The show was held in the courtyard of her home studio at, 86 rue Daguerre, an address that would soon to become mythical.

In 2014 Agnès Varda and her daughter Rosalie Varda rediscovered the silver gelatin prints from that debut courtyard exhibition. These prints will now be displayed in their original form at The Finnish Museum of Photography, accompanied by never-before-seen photographic plates and contact prints. The exhibition reveals a visionary, humorous, and sensitive photographer whose images foresee her long career as a filmmaker and artist.

Agnès Varda: Suola, 1951 © Agnès Varda Estate – Rosalie Varda Collection, courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Agnès Varda – My First Life has been curated by Carole Sandrin, together with Rosalie Varda and Sherine El Sayed Taih. The exhibition has been made possible thanks to Rosalie Varda, and the Galerie Nathalie Obadia, and Institut pour la photographie.

Agnès Varda – My First Life
13.5.–28.8.2022
The Cable Factory
Kaapeliaukio 3, staircase G, 00180 Helsinki

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