International Photographer’s First Solo U.S. Exhibition on Display at UCR/California Museum of Photography

Marie Bovo’s photographs will be on display through April 16

Marie Bovo's photograph “Jours blancs” (or "White Days”).

Marie Bovo’s photograph “Jours blancs” (or “White Days”).

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – “How to Survive Abstraction,” a new photo exhibition is on display at the UCR/California Museum of Photography as part of the museum’s “CMP Projects” series.

The exhibition presents work by Marie Bovo, a Spanish-born photographer who is based in Marseille, France. This will be Bovo’s first solo exhibition outside of Europe. A reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Bovo will be present at the reception.

“The CMP is honored to host this important artist’s first solo presentation in the United States,” said Tyler Stallings, interim executive director of UCR ARTSblock. “Given her special interest in immigrant communities in France, we expect her work will greatly resonate with our audience as an aesthetic interpretation of today’s current events as they reach us from Europe.”

“Cour intérieures” (or “Courtyards").

“Cour intérieures” (or “Courtyards”).

Bovo is known for photographing communities, but instead of showing its people, she shows their living quarters, and landscapes, added Joanna Szupinska-Myers, curator of exhibitions at UCR/CMP. The exhibition will present four bodies of work representing three distinct communities. The first, “Cour intérieures” (“Courtyards”), is made up of photographs taken at residence courtyards, with clotheslines moving in various directions. The photos were taken in the suburbs of Marseille in a neighborhood mostly made up of immigrants from Tunisia and Algeria, said Szupinska-Myers.

The second group of photos, “La voie de chemin de fer” (“Railway tracks”), consists of gypsy camps at railroad tracks in Marseille. “The photographs are taken from above, in the middle of the night, so you can see the roofs of these constructed temporary dwellings while people sleep inside. The camp is still, but we can take in signs of daily life like dishes from the previous night’s meal, an empty chair, and so on,” explained Szupinska-Myers.

The third set of photos in the exhibit, “Alger” (“Algiers”), consists of balconies in Algiers, the capital of Algeria. In the series of photos, Bovo captures balconies from inside several homes. All of the balconies photographed look onto neighbors’ homes; the interior of these homes all have mosaic floor plans and pastel wall colors.

Finally, a single photograph from the series “Jours blancs” (“White Days”), is included. It pictures a beach in Norway where during the winter, there are days filled with darkness, and during the summertime the sun never sets. Bovo captures the lost sense of time one can experience when the body misses the daily cycles of light and darkness.

“Alger” (or “Algiers”).

“Alger” (or “Algiers”).

Bovo will discuss her work with Susan Ossman, professor of anthropology at UCR, on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Culver Screening Room. The event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. You can reserve tickets in advance online at

The sponsors of the show include FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Institut français, and galerie kamel mennour, Paris. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), and the city of Riverside.

UCR ARTSblock is located at 3824 and 3834 Main St., Riverside, Calif., and includes three venues: California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts, and Sweeney Art Gallery, which are open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., plus 6-9 p.m. for First Thursday ArtWalks. Admission is $3, which includes entry to all three venues, and is free during First Thursday ArtWalks (6-9 p.m.). For film screenings, Culver Center opens 30 minutes prior to the start time.

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Tyler Stallings
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Joanna Szupinska-Myers
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