In the Gallery with Miranda Sodium

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Established in Paris in 2018, Galerie Miranda aims to champion artists that are celebrated in their own country, but little known within Europe. Here, its creator shares her story

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Miranda Salt remembers her teenage aspirations. “When I was 15, I actually said to myself, ‘When I’m 25, I’m going to live in Paris, ’ and that’s what I did. ” In the summer of 1995, Salt purchased an one-way ticket, embarking on the life-long adventure that would culminate in the opening of Galerie Miranda in 2018. Situated in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, the gallery is certainly dedicated to showcasing the work of established artists whose work is lesser known in European countries. This  includes photographers such as Merry Alpern, Peggy Anderson, Marina Berio, John Chiara, Laura Stevens, Terri Weifenbach, and Nancy Wilson-Pajic.

Sodium got her start producing photography exhibitions for BETC, France’s largest creative agency. She worked as worldwide communications director, with customers such as Harry Gruyaert, Alex MacLean, and World Push Photo. “[Producing exhibitions] was supposed to be two % of my job, yet I absolutely loved it and turned it into 50 % of my job from around 2003, ” the girl recalls happily.  

Simultaneously, she began collaborating with Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, Rose Gallery in Santa Monica, and Louise Alexander Gallery in Porto Cervo, Italy. Then, in 2007, she joined Magnum Pictures in Paris as globally communications director. “It had been incredibly stimulating having these types of three entry points towards the photo world – industrial, editorial, and fine art, ” says Salt.  

“There’s a self-confidence in my own taste which i might not have had 20 years ago. That’s the driving series behind what I produce: glowing blue chip artists who are not known in France. Often , that occurs to be women. ”

A decade later, Sodium knew it was time to hit out on her own. Moved by what she describes as “a very visceral desire”, within 2018 she opened her own gallery as a means to actualise complete autonomy and self-expression. Determining the artists for that gallery roster comes from the deeply personal place. “My mother was a very notable feminist, so I grew up inside a politically engaged family. The lady died when I was 13, but those values have been in my structure, ” says Salt. “I just converted 50, and I feel free inside my choices and do what I want. There’s a confidence in my own taste that I might possibly not have had 20 years ago. That’s the driving line behind what I produce: blue nick artists who are not known in France. Often , that happens to become women. ”

Recognising that many women artists have not received the same exposure as their male counterparts, Salt understands the importance of using her gallery being a platform to support their function. At the same time, she applies all those same principles to the function of male artists like Philippe Chancel, whose pictures of Afro Caribbean teens in 1980s Paris had been included in the gallery’s recent exhibition, Rebels & Dandies . “I’ve never had an eyesight of feminism that excludes men, ” says Salt.

© Philippe Chancel, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Miranda.

© Nancy Wilson Pajic, thanks to the artist and Galerie Miranda.

For aspiring photographers looking for gallery portrayal, Salt advises artists to learn about the mission of the photo gallery to determine if and where they fit into the artist line up. Beyond medium and style, there is also the matter of where one is in their career. “I’m looking at established artists, and it’s very rare that I would certainly pick up unsolicited work. It’s a huge investment to show a good artist and these decisions are not taken lightly, ” she says. “I like work that shines in a gentle in terms of intelligence and human being values. I like work that will speaks to my head and my heart at the same time. ” 

Gérard Dalla Santa: Des Paysages Longtemp will be on watch at Galerie Miranda from 03 September until 30 October 2021.  

Miss Rosen

Miss Rosen is a New York-based writer focusing on art, photography, and culture. The girl work has been published within books by Arlene Gottfried, Allan Tannenbaum, and Harvey Stein, as well as magazines plus websites including  Time,   Vogue,   Aperture, Dazed, AnOther, and  Vice, among others.

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