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Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King Jr. (with Flag), Selma March, 1965 © Steve Schapiro & Fahey/Klein Gallery
Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King Jr. (with Flag), Selma March, 1965 © Steve Schapiro & Fahey/Klein Gallery

In 2010, PMU (Paris Mutuel Urbain) established a photography grant, Carte Blanche, worth 20,000 euros. Malik Nejmi was the first recipient, followed by Mohamed Bourouissa, Olivier Cablat and, most recently, Kourtney Roy in 2013, with her series of self-portraits taken in the world of gambling.

This series by the young Canadian photographer will be on display at Le BAL through May 11th, 2014. The exhibition, Ils pensent déjà que je suis folle (They Already Think I’m Crazy) opened last week. Imbued with a 1950s aesthetic, Roy’s photographs mix absurdity and off-beat humor. With her self-portraits, the photographs immerses the viewer in the world of horseracing like we’ve never imagined it, where the objects, plants, armrests and binoculars take on a remarkable power, dominating the scene. They’re menacing, invasive, too sparkling or understated. This work is also the subject of a book published by Filigranes (80pp, 25€).

Submissions for this year’s Carte Blanche will be open through June. If you want to follow in Kourtney’s footsteps, don’t wait!


Carte Blanche PMU 2013
Kourtney Roy : Ils pensent déjà que je suis folle
From April 30th to May 11th, 2014
6, Impasse de la Défense 
75018 Paris

Carte Blanche PMU 2013
Kourtney Roy : Ils pensent déjà que je suis folle
Coproduction : Carte blanche PMU – Le Bal
Format : 190 x 250 cm
80 pages
36 photographs
ISBN : 978-2-35046-307-0 
25 €

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Kourtney Roy

Née en 1981 en Ontario (Canada) où elle a grandi, Kourtney Roy effectue des études de Beaux-Arts à Vancouver. A la frontière de l’art et de la mode, son travail montre les influences croisées ...

Kourtney Roy
Recent self-portraits

Borderline between art and fashion, Kourtney Roy combines fiction with self-portrait, exploring the strange aspects of daily life through the characters she incarnates,some exceedingly perfect women locked in banality. Absent from themselves, these women are featured in installat...

Get a Lucky Hand Contest

A photography contest has been organized to coincide with the fourth edition of the Carte blanche PMU / Le BAL. The theme of the contest is “Get a Lucky Hand: The Game, The Sport and You.” Photo lovers have until February 13 to participate by submitting a photogr...

Carte Blanche PMU 2014 at le Bal: Call for Applications
Bal: Appel à projets

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La Carte blanche PMU at Le BAL: Les Immobiles by Léa Habourdin and Thibault Brunet, and the 5th Anniversary of the Prize

Léa Haubourdin and Thibault Brunet’s Les Immobiles sounds like a proposition in the most generous sense of the term. First, through a desire to leave behind the overused paradigms of today, which could not exist outside of an iconography devoted to games and gam...

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Opening of the Eye of the Galleries
Carte Blanche PMU

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Regardez voir : Robert Doisneau’s work on France Inter

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