Modern Sati

When the Indian woman marries, she becomes the property of her in-laws and no longer belongs to her family. Ancestrally, if the husband died, she had to follow him into the afterlife. Sati is the act of a Hindu widow cremated on the funeral pyre of her husband to fulfill her role as wife.

The prohibition of this age-old practice in 1829 was not enough to give Indian women a family or social weight. Since then, the widow is no longer burnt at the stake, as can be seen in ?Around the World in 80 Days? by Jules Verne, but the tradition continues perniciously.

In the best cases, she becomes the slave of her stepmother, or, unfortunately, a fire in the kitchen, a fall from stairs or an acid attack will happen accidentally. Giving to the mother in law the honor of raising orphaned grandchildren.

In a broader sense, women_ widows or not _remain subject to the diktats of a changing society. When the husband?s death, after a rape or a divorce or for a simple financial independence desire, women often have no choice but to physically or socialy disappear. Their status remains unchanged in strangled by traditions. It is the modern Sati.

Each photograph synthetizes, in a studied composition, symbolic elements and gains depth which inspires introspection and meditating to the spectator. The artist allegorizes by the combination of the purifying fire, the crepuscular light corresponding to time for thinking, a decorum marked with loneliness ; all calls for an awareness of the struggle to the respect of the fundamental human rights.

This deceptive progress forces us to look again at the image and reveals the esthetic strength of the photographs taken in 2016 in Rajasthan (state in the North-West of India) where Floriane de Lassée has been to bear witness to the alarming status of women.


28.06.2014 - 28.06.2014

31.05.2014 - 30.09.2014

10.04.2014 - 13.07.2014


Born in 1977. Lives & works in Paris.


2003/2004    Graduated from ICP (School of the International Center of Photography), New York

1995/2000    ESAG/Penninghen (Ecole Supérieure d?Arts Graphiques), Paris

1999          Programme ERASMUS, HDK University (Graphism & Fine Art), Göteborg, Sweden




- La Galerie Particulière - Paris - « Modern Sati »
- La Deuxième Galerie Particulière -  Paris - « Trucks » & « Présences »


« How Much Can You Carry ? », Edeman gallery, Chicago, USA
Outside exhibition around the city of Bonifacio, Corsica
La Galerie Particulière, Brussels, Belgium


« How Much Can You Carry ?» au Musée des Avelines ? Saint-Cloud
« How Much Can You Carry ?» & « Ciels de Seine » à la Galerie Particulière ? Paris, France
« Traits d?union » au 12 Drouot, Paris, France


«Half the Sky», Women?s Forum, Deauville - soutenue par le Mécénat de L?Oréal, France
KG+, festival of the Kyotographie, Kyoto, Japan
Image ARK, Kathmandu, Nepal


Parcours Saint-Germain, Paris, France


« Inside Views », Espace Dupon, Paris, France
« Présences », Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris, France


« Inside Views - Beijing », Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris, France
« Night Visions », Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
« Inside Views - Beijing », Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery, Pekin, China


« Inside Views - Moscow », dans le cadre Mois OFF de la Photo, Paris, France
« Inside Views », Paris Beijing Photo Gallery, Pekin, China
« Inside Views », Galerie Na Solyanke, Curating by : CM-Art, Moscow, Russia
« Inside Views », Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris, France


« Inside Views ? Shanghai », Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris, France


« Inside Views ? New York & Shanghai », Galerie Na Solyanke, Curating by :
Malleray Art Consulting, Moscow, Russia


« Inside Views ? New York », Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris, France






- Musée de L?Elysée - Lausanne - « Anonymat d?Aujourd?hui »


AIPAD, Paris Photo Los Angeles, Art Miami avec Edelman Gallery, USA


Angkor Photo Festival ? Cambodge
« How Much Can You Carry ?», Festival « Peuples et Nature », La Gacilly ? Bretagne
Pulse Miami, Miami, La Galerie Particulière


« Présences », au Musée de la Photographie André Villers ? Mougins, France


Biennale Ubi & Orbi, Sedan, France


Festival Photo d?Atlanta, USA
Art Paris, France
« Packaging », MUDAC (musée), Lausanne, Suisse


Paris Photo, Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris, France
Show Off, Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris, France
Art Paris, Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris, France
Biennale de La Cambre Architecture, Bruxelles, Belgique


Art Paris Abu Dhabi, Abu Dahbi, Emirats Arabes Unis
Festival Voies Off 07, Arles, France
Art Moscou, Mosoou, Russie
Art Paris, France


Scope London Art Fair, Londres, Angleterre
Jeune Création 2006, Bellevilloise, Paris, France
Festival Voies Off 06, Arles, France


Association Florence, Espace Commines, Paris, France
« Hey, Hot Shot », série « Supermarkets », Galerie JenBekman, New York, USA






2014     Lens Culture Emerging Talents 2014

2013     Selected for the fifth cycle of the Pictet Award(Theme «Consumption» with « How Much... »)

2010     Selected for the third cycle of the Pictet Award (Theme « Growth » with « Inside Views»)

2008     Rising Talent, Global Women?s Forum

2007     Winner of Nazraeli Press Award/ICP

2005     Winner of « Grand Prize PDN Edu Photo Contest » avec la série «Nightviews » ? USA






2014        « How Much Can You Carry ? », Filigranes edition, France

2009        « 100 000 ans de beauté », with the support of L?Oréal Foundation,
               Gallimard edition (Fine arts Book)

2008         « Inside Views », Nazraeli Press edition, USA


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