Marie de La Ville Baugé, born in 1976, grew up in France, worked in Cambodia, Sudan and Russia where she is now living and painting. As a child she was surrounded by artists as her grand-mother Elisabeth de La Mauvinière, grand-father Jean Deville, her aunt and her mother were painters or engravers.
‘’For the past 10 years in Russia, I have been fully engaged in observing in Moscow, Russian regions and neighboring countries, the stigmata of the fall of Soviet Union, the print of nowadays politics and the rise of a post-modernist Russia. Tomorrow, is a time that has still not arrived, but will definitely come. But I notice, that every day, the frontier between yesterday’s world, and tomorrow’s is fluctuating, moving forward and sometimes backwards.
As a photographer, I explore the border between ‘’extreme unflinching realism’’ and write my own fiction by adding layers of drawings, I sew stories and memories, I paint thoughts.
I am interested in all urban environments, its ascetic, the international character of its high-rise buildings, his yet depressing form of alienation. But it is so common to everyone, that, sometimes, I make color appear. I pay attention to all the architectural elements including abandoned or working factories, power stations, power line towers. I like to study ruins, contemporary ones, as an anthropologist of modern times would do with neglected civilizations destroyed by Utopia’s legacy and thwarted promises.
Although my approach is not political but purely artistic, I am also interested by the topic of open and closed world and the bordering territories in between the restricted territories and the liberated one.’’