Le portrait multiple

During the First World War, Marcel Duchamp (born in 1887) lived in New York. Considered by many the most important artist in the 20th century, his work inspired contemporary art movements to be created, such as conceptual, minimal, body and optical art.

In 1917, Duchamp went to Broadway Photo Shop. This local studio had a photo-optic device found at the time in amusement parks: a mirror in the corner in front of which the subject is invited to pose. Through the interplay of reflections, the image is multiplied and the model appears cloned. The photo resulting from this session became one of Duchamp’s best known images. In fact, this portrait multiple precedes the diverse identities that he invents over the course of his career. Festival Images has reconstructed a device similar to the one used by Duchamp, thus enabling visitors to confront themselves in a fun way.

A Festival Images (Vevey) production
Scenography: Laurent Pavy, Gabarit, Vevey