Marguerite Bornhauser was born in 1989 and lives and works in Paris. Her work has been shown in several places : her first solo show at the museum of European Photography in Paris (MEP) and Paris Photo in 2019, but also at Cincinnati for the Cincinnati Art museum, in Arles during the festival of Photography, in Deauville during the Festival Planches Contact, at Agnès B, in the festival MAP Toulouse, at the science museum in London, etc. Marguerite Bornhauser adds editorial work to her photographic research. Her first self published book, Plastic Colors, was selected among the finalists of the first book award of Mack books in 2015 and published in 2017. Her book "8" was published by Poursuite in 2018. In 2019 she published Red Harvest with the same publisher. She also collaborates with french and international magazines and newspapers as a photo reporter and portrait photographer as well as a fashion photographer for several brands and is represented by an agency in France and an other one in England. In 2020 received the Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer of the Year- She is represented by the French gallery Made and the Portuguese gallery Carlos Carvalho.
In the text about her recent solo exhibition at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Simon Baker has stated that “Bornhauser’s work is compelling not because, like some latter-day stylist, she creates her own, mannered, chromatic world, but because, instead, like Hammett’s continental op, she does the hard work of observation, assembling fragments of the world until they add up to something more than the sum of their parts. In Red Harvest the coloured details could be considered as purely incidental, atmospheric asides in the pursuit of a greater immersive fiction. But in Moisson Rouge the sunshot bodies, too-bright waters, burning skies and broken shadows do something quite different. Rather than proposing a false reality in which we can lose ourselves, they take us away from life as it is lived, or at least, as we ordinarily experience it on the surface, leading us deep into an ever-present, super-saturated alternate truth. And, as with the fictional blossoming red tie in Red Harvest, the colours here are never purely or merely symbolic, signifying anything specific or narrowly defined. Instead, colour itself signifies, in its presence and appearance, variety and intensity, organization and disposition, that here we are in an original world, and seeing it differently.” Simon Baker, Director, MEP in Red Harvest, Published by Poursuite, 2019
Marguerite Bornhauser elaborates a visual writing form filled by intense cores, graphic forms and deep shadows that narrow the difference between the real and the fictional. The artist expands all the details: plants outlines, building shadows and human bodies, isolating and removing these elements from its context, in order to find abstraction in reality.