Madeleine de Sinéty
postponed to 2022

Madeleine de Sinéty [1934-2011] graduated from the Arts Décoratifs in Paris at the end of the fifties and is a self-taught photographer. Between 1972 and 1980, she left Paris for Poilley, a small village with a population of 600, in Ille-et-Vilaine.
She lived there on several occasions up until the nineties, documenting the life of her rural Breton village in black and white and doubling up each shot with a colour one. She then organised slide projections so as to give the pictures back to the village’s inhabitants. The sheer quantity of her photographs and the time period they cover are impressive, the museum counts over 56,000 photographs. They do come with a factual and personal journal but Madeleine de Sinety’s work is not a family album, and, even though there are some similarities, neither is it an ethnographic study of disappearing agricultural life or craftsmanship. The photographer herself is never distanced from her subject, on the contrary, she shares their daily lives. Her work focuses on an understanding of how individuals organize themselves, on cataloguing the traditions that connect them and on discovering their personal and collective stories.

This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Centre d’art GwinZegal, Guingamp and the musée de Bretagne, Rennes.