"Pacham", William LET
From the 17th of September to the 10th of October 2020 | Opening on the 17th of September 2020
Bronner Gallery, 524 av. du Général de Gaulle, Guéthary, France
Mother earth. The Pachamama, so dear to the Andean culture.
The expression of a relationship with the land. The search for harmony.
This is the thread that led the art photographer, William Let, to his photo series "PACHAM".
He offers us here several exceptional artworks that speak to us and tell us the stories of these strong, unbeaten and proud men and women. Powerful land goddesses, Pacham guardians who take charge, follow their instincts, often guardians of an ancestral and tribal heritage.
They are permanently centred, anchored and absorb the universal vibrations of the earth to return them to those who observe them. They have overcome hardships. They are aligned, unshakeable and radiate vital harmony.
In these works, feel the crossbreeding of people who have lived for millennia with their love and respect for nature, their philosophies, their traditions, in homage to their mother, the Earth, the Pachamama, their ancestors and the transmission of values.
William Let offers us photographs created using pictorial techniques: lead pencil, ink, paints, pigments, varnish, collages... and calligraphy, the words enhancing the atmosphere of his portraits. He impregnates his works with a part of his life, making them unique.
Because each intervention is the expression of a moment, the present, the spontaneous. These images speak, communicate, they are charged with truth, with life. The subjects are in connection, initiated by the vibrations of Tibetan bowls, the rhythms of the shamanic drum, the scents of sacred wood, the air purified by sage, the voices of sacred songs or wolves, and plunges these guardians into a vibratory state.
These sessions are real sensory experiences, plunging his models into an olfactory and auditory universe close to the tribal, filling the whole space and detaching all the actors from their contemporary landmarks. Models with painted bodies, laid bare, free of all pomposity, free of any societal judgement.
William Let draws his inspiration from everything he has discovered through his research and lets the body express itself in front of him.
He then photographs as he experiences it.
L'ARTISTE | WILLIAM LET
William Let is a French photographer and artist, born in the middle of the volcanoes in Auvergne.
He has always been lulled by legends, energies, spirits and surrounded by healers of all kinds. His grandfather, a musician and conductor who had discovered the power of his hands, had been treating people with illnesses for many years. His mother inherited the same gifts.
So how can we not be interested in practices we have witnessed since childhood?
How can we not believe in different forces and energies?
Yet William Let distanced himself from all this to study art in Paris. Six years later, with a degree in applied arts and a graphic designer's licence in his pocket, he joined the most renowned communication agency of the time as artistic director.
This experience allowed him to meet great musicians, actors, dancers, painters, sculptors, chefs, and to try his hand at their disciplines in order to discover their secrets, to feel what moved them and more importantly to "understand" their art, this spiritual quest that goes beyond mere technical mastery. The quest to touch the vital energy of the spectator and to connect it with the "work".
In 2009, during a trip to Brazil for a humanitarian project, William Let got the idea for his photo series Pacham. During his stay, he listened to the legends and saw the eyes of a people who live in harmony with the earth shine, our mother, La Pachamama.
Inspired by the philosophies of tribes, indigenous people, thoughts of yesterday and today, symbols created thousands of years ago or more recently, his research has been based on the common point of wanting good, bringing inner peace and living well in harmony on earth with oneself and others.
Filled with this approach and the desire to feel the strength of the art of body painting, he began to take photos of models he knew well, friends who had overcome life's trials and tribulations, keeping a smile bigger than all the hardships they had gone through.
And it is in this universe that William Let takes us on a journey. A world of spirituality and respect. A world of vibration and harmony. A world of sensations and emotions. A world where it is all about love.