Catherine Poncin (b. 1953, lives and works in Montreuil) appropriates and then re-photographs images from personal collections, flea markets, and found archives. It is a process that often leads to intimate conversations and collaborations with the owners of the photographs who choose to share their images and memories with the artist. Poncin uses these everyday images to construct a complex correspondence of their provenance. Her recent solo shows include Ravissement at Faïencerie de Gien (Brussels) and an exhibition at the French Cultural Center (Constantine). Sans conte ni légende was exhibited at Paris-Photo and in a touring exhibition that travelled to the French Institutes of Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech.
Catherine Poncin’s series of photographs "Sans conte ni légende" uses family photo albums from Morocco, including that of her husband. After visiting with the families, she selects fragments of photographs from the albums that she pairs with images she takes of the families immediately following the meetings. The works enact an archaeology of the image by the image as she unearths old memories and re-photographs them.