Misia-O’: The Spirit of Lee Miller

Misia-O’ “The Spirit of Lee Miller”
4th to 31st July, 2022
Belle Beau Gallery
14 rue de Grille
13200 Arles, France

Photographer Misia-O’ will unveil 4 massive structure photos motivated by Lee Miller in Arles in an exhibition titled ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’, which will also characteristic a bespoke perfume influenced by the explosive magnificence of Miller, a constrained version art e book and an NFT. At ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ vernissage at Belle Beau Gallery on Wednesday 6th of July, there will be an ‘In Conversation’ concerning Misia-O’ and Ami Bouhassane, Lee Miller’s granddaughter and Co-director of Farleys Dwelling & Gallery Ltd, the corporation that manages the Lee Miller Archives.

Misia-O Éclosion The spirit of Lee Miller exhibition
Éclosion The spirit of Lee Miller exhibition by Misia O’ ©2022

‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ by Misia-O’ is a new exhibition showcasing a capsule portrait
images collection. ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ images exhibition is the initially of a sequence committed to feminine artists eclipsed by their titles of Muses. ‘The Spirit’ of Lee Miller’ is the 6th consecutive exhibition of Misia-O’ all through Les Rencontres d’Arles, next ‘Different Shades of Black’ in 2019, ‘Different Shades of White’ in 2021, and ‘Different Shades of Yellow’ in 2020, for which Misia-O’ was awarded the prestigious ‘Prix du Jury’ by le Salon des Beaux Arts.

Misia-O' The muse of a poet exhibition
The muse of a poet exhibition by Misia O’ ©2022

Just after staying learned by Conde Nast in New York in the 1920’s. Lee Miller became a
favourite Vogue design, and afterwards on a model for popular photographers and artists such as Steichen, Cocteau, Picasso, and Man Ray. She went behind the camera, opened her 1st portrait studio in Paris 1930 and grew to become a portrait, marketing and vogue photographer for Vogue and other journals (which include Vainness Reasonable, Lilliput, Picture Put up and Lifetime), in the course of the 30s and 40s.

In the 1929 Miller moved to Paris where she satisfied Surrealist Person Ray, she promptly turned his pupil, lover and collaborator before opening her individual studio in the town. Miller found out the solarisation technique by accident and made it even further with Man Ray. Miller’s splendor and interactions with very well-recognized artists and perceived function as ‘muse’ frequently overshadowed her amazing achievements as a surrealist, portrait and fashion photographer and war correspondent with US forces during Planet War II.

Misia O - The spirit of Lee Miller exhibition
The Spirit of Lee Miller Éclosion ©2022

Miller was a person of a handful of female war correspondents with the Allied troops, and thought to be the only 1 that was connected to the US Military that lined battle. For some of her war reportage she teamed up with Existence Magazine photographer David E Scherman. Miller was residing in Hitler’s private apartment in Munich when his demise was announced. There she took the iconic self-portrait in Hitler’s bath. On the flooring by the bath stand Miller’s boots, protected with the filth of Dachau prison camp which she experienced come from that morning. In the later aspect of her daily life, Miller turned to surrealist cooking in her house, Farleys, England, the place the Lee Miller Archives are held and managed by her son Antony Penrose and granddaughter Ami Bouhassane.

The Spirit of Lee Miller is a tribute to her cost-free spirited “essence”, her pictures expertise and her inner and outer beauty. At the centre of ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ exhibition in Arles will be four large-structure restricted version prints motivated by Lee Miller and titled ‘Becoming Lee’, ‘The spirit of’, ‘Éclosion’ and ‘The Muse of a Poet’. Misia-O’s shoots on each analogue (Hasselblad) and electronic (Fuji XT2), and ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ consists of both of those. Misia-O’ processes and prints her analogue pictures. All shots had been taken in her photography studio in London.

The exhibition will get location from 4th to 31st July at Belle Beau Gallery, an artwork and pictures gallery found in a 17th century Hôtel Particulier in the heart of Arles, during the festival of Les Rencontres d’Arles. Ami Bouhassane, Lee Miller’s granddaughter, and Co-director of Lee Miller Archives will chat with Misia-O’ about Misia-O’s function, as well as her grandmother’s intrepid life and profession as a photographer, all through an invitation only vernissage on Wednesday 6th of July at Belle Beau Gallery.

Misia O' - Becoming Lee The spirit of Lee Miller exhibition
Starting to be Lee The spirit of Lee Miller exhibition by Misia O’ ©2022

Misia-O’ claims: “I discovered the performs of Lee Miller aged 11. My Mother experienced purchased me
a Surrealist ebook showcasing solarised portraits that looked magical to me, and I found Lee’s “Fire Masks” intriguing. This led me to explore Surrealism and my appreciate for images and of the 1930’s. Additionally, and as importantly, I admire Lee’s expertise and I can relate to her absolutely free spirit and photographic model. Bypassing her natural beauty, which for a while turned her into the Muse of famous male artists, she went powering the camera, and turned an impartial and talented photographer. As a feminine war photographer, her braveness and humanity through the war was exceptional. If
something, Lee Miller proves that brain, beauty and expertise are totally achievable as she
managed this in the 30’s and 40’s, an era recognised for not offering feminine artists the credit history they deserved. Her legacy is deeply inspiring, and it is an honour to fork out tribute to her.”

Misia-O’ is not only an completed photographer, and MA pupil at the prestigious Royal College or university of Art, is also an Artisan Parfumer whose unique scented creations encapsulate the essence of her images issue. For her ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ exhibition in Arles, Misia-O’ has created a perfume as a tribute to Miller’s absolutely free, spirited soul and her talent as a one of a kind and floor-breaking photographer.

The scent, like Lee Miller, celebrates her hypnotic, sensual, impartial and even rebellious character with sophisticated notes revealing her refreshing and intoxicating ‘garçonne’ character. To accompany the exhibition, Misia-O’ has also developed a particular collector’s limited version of handmade ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ art pictures guides, made up of a curated assortment of Misia-O’s images and poems, which are motivated by Lee’s career as a product, a muse and impartial photographer.

Misia’O’s exhibition ‘The Spirit of Lee Miller’ coincides serendipitously with a big retrospective at l’Espace Van Gogh in Arles through Les Rencontres d’Arles: ‘Lee Miller: Specialist Photographer’ (1932-1945) which will emphasis on the most prolific intervals of Miller’s lifestyle, showcasing her manner & promoting pictures and portraits, as well as her additional gritty photojournalism, together with strong photographs captured in Dachau and Buchenwald throughout Earth War II.

©2022 Misia-O, Belle Beau Gallery

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