Christopher Rauschenberg

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The Marché aux Puces at Saint-Ouen, an inch or two outside the city limits of Paris, is said to be the greatest flea market in the world. It is a museum of antiques, a P.T. Barnum sideshow, a life size dollhouse, a fever dream. This series is a salute to the dealers of Saint-Ouen, who have created this stream-of-consciousness dream world in search of commerce but in search of poetry too. These photographs of this dream world, taken in November 2008 and May 2009, somehow tell me things that I had an inkling of and that I hope to someday almost know. “Marché aux Puces” has been exhibited at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Espaço Cultural Contemporâneo in Brasilia and the Museu Afro Brasil in Sao Paulo. From there it is going to the Griffin Museum in Winchester MA and Michael Mazzeo Gallery in New York. I will return to Paris and Saint-Ouen in November 2010.

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