Sophie Hatier showcases a series of portraits featuring residents of the “Equestrian Academy of Versaillles” run by Bartabas. Lacking colour and contrast, the images are instead like monochromes invoking multi-layered interpretations. Observers instinctively recognise the elegance, temperament, passion, kindness, sovereignty, individuality and character of the horse. A sense of grace and mystery also prevails. The images convey a certain autonomy, the unbroken will of the animal, its freedom enshrined even in this narrow visual field and against the geometric background of a Versailles stone wall, all but camouflaging the horse with its matching colour.
© Sophie Hatier
Clervaux – cité de l’image – 11, Grand-rue, L-9710 Clervaux, Luxembourg