Purdy Hicks is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of French photographer Celine Bodin. The exhibition will present two recent series: Light of Grace, and The Hunt.

Re-enacting the suggestive gesture borrowed from Old Masters to 19th century paintings, the series 'Light of Grace' explores female representation’s conflict with ideals and beauty archetypes. By only suggesting identities and pictorial aesthetics, these photographs test the logic of our perception and acknowledge our eye’s tendency to immediate association.The series explores Beauty’s intuitive quality, existing beyond the clarity and precise traits of a particular object.

The series 'The Hunt' is a photography project operating as a brief encyclopedia of female hairstyles from various periods in time, within the cultural frame of Western culture. The anonymous figures appear as ornate statues: characterised by their hair’s aesthetic association to various revisited stereotypes, they form an unusual yet all too recognisable collection of trophies.

Celine Bodin (born 1990) is a French photographer living and working in London. She trained at the Gobelins School in Paris and in 2013 graduated with a masters degree in Photography from the London College of Communication. Her work has been included in several group exhibitions and publications.