Claudine Doury keeps on questioning this fragile and violent in-between stage of the body and of the coming of age that is teenagerhood.
Until now, men were only making fleeting appearances as extras on her pictures. They are at the core of her series “l’Homme nouveau”, entirely captured in Saint-Petersburg.
Two references can be picked up from this title. It is, of course, a reference to Bolshevism. But it also echoes this time of mutation, where the teenager sloughs into a man.
In between, we cross a border, like an Ovidian metamorphosis: it is this so specific, so unique laps of time, which is a time of crisis and of self-affirmation, that the artist keeps on trying to capture.
By doing so, she is questioning the masculine identity in itself: what does it mean to become a man? What does it mean to become a man in nowadays Russia, which is itself in mutation?