Born in La Rochelle (France), Pascale MONTÉ PAPÉE quickly developed a passion for travel and photography. Her various expatriations have always been an opportunity for her to develop her creativity through photography, painting and sculpture. In parallel with these activities she has always exercised her profession of human resources development. She is a street photographer with a passion of Asia.
She lived in China, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, and she has been living since more than three years in Singapore. After her superb black and white exhibition last year “Shanghai Streets”, she is now sharing with us her last works about India and Myanmar “Soul of Asia”.
What is the meaning of “Soul of Asia” the title of your new exhibition?
“Soul of Asia is an imaginary name. The largest continent on earth, which includes countries extremely different in their history, culture, religion and their diversity. Daring to speak of the soul of Asia and starting with India and Burma is to give them a very special place. As a photographer, beyond what is palpable in a photo, what I seek to reveal in a portrait, in a look, is this part of the invisible, of the mystery which come from the intimate, from the unconscious, the emotions, and the chemistry of an encounter. Even, if Pascale MONTÉ PAPÉE have a preference for black and white, for “Soul of Asia” with regards to India and Burma, she wonder how it would have been possible to testify of these profusions of colours and lights… without colour! In India, they are bright and luminous: saris, turbans, house walls, spices, tuk-tuks and even the horns of sacred cows. Without counting all the symbolism of colours. In a different style, Myanmar is a country of a thousand colours with its five hundred thousand monks dressed in their garnet or saffron robe, the nuns dressed in gold and pink, the transparent and blue waters of Inle Lake, the rice fields, the ethnic groups each with their colourful traditional costume, the betel red smiles and the famous beauty secrets of Thanaka.
“Soul of Asia” Photography Exhibition From 22 to 30 September 2020Mon to Fri: 12pm to 8pm Sat-Sun: 1pm to 6pm Selegie Arts Centre 30 Selegie Road, Loke Wan Tho Gallery, Singapore 188351.