CONGRATULATIONS, LES NANAS!
Today the two staggering girls Chloé and Aurélie are launching their first photographic book as a celebratory extension of their marvelous project LES NANAS D’PANAME. For all of those non-French speakers out there, les nanas means something along the lines of the chicks – to be read as part of a playful and empowering narrative of female reflexivity. Hopefully there is no need to enlighten you about Paname – Paris’ empyrean colloquial name that originated from the 19th century argot slang and was later re-popularized by Renaud’s Amoureux de Paname.
Parisian photographer Chloé Bonnard and make-up artist Aurélie Martin embarked on a marvelous journey to create alluring portraits of a handpicked selection of fellow female creatives in their city, representing a contemporary movement of young feminine, creative power in the cultural capital. They assembled 57 girls that spring from an array of formative backgrounds – ranging from musicians, dancers and actresses, to designers, editors and writers.
The book launch will take place tonight at the Sergeant Paper Art Store, followed by an after-party at the Workshop on Rue Saint-Martin – so make your way over there if you’re around town!
The creators and their models are birds of a feather …and invite you to their artful wonderland, with the portraits being complex and daring representations of each individual girl and her creative profession. These photographs are more than just portrayals – they are liberated expressions conveyed à l’esprit pop et flashy!
This project needs to travel, transcend French borders! So we’ll keep our fingers tightly crossed. Waiting, wishing. May we dare to dream it might be L… maybe, possibly?