Photography

Molinier, Pierre (1900 - 1976)

In 1922, Pierre Molinier settles in Bordeaux where he opens a house painting workshop. Soon after the war, he begins to radicalise his life and he imagines paintings and surrealist poems that seduce André Breton. Promptly, he creates a transgressive body of photography work in which he mingles the feminine and masculine genre, completely emancipated from society’s customs and moral. The main subject of his photographs is most often himself, clad in a fetichistic attire, masked and veiled with stockings and stilettos, armed with dildos - an androgynous creature that merges sexes and multiplies organs and bodies. His partners are his own duplicated selves, being man and woman at the same time, the object of his own desire and fantasies, a devilish grinning being that bores breasts and has erections. The French photographer’s images seem to come from an early sepia-like age, vignettes that make spectators feel like voyeurs spying a tabooed world, through a keyhole. With his outrageous selfies, Pierre Molinier performed for himself but also for an invisible audience, staging his performance just as he did his life. He, who liked to tell how he had raped his sister’s dead body or how he had slept with his own daughter, took great care in the orchestration of his death. In 1976, he laid down on his bed facing a mirror and killed himself with a bullet in the head. He had left two notes: 'I’m killing myself, the key is with Claude Fonsale, the lawyer’ and ‘I, the undersigned, declare killing myself deliberately, and I screw all the bastards who have been a pain in the arse all my bloody life.’

Pierre Molinier, Self-portrait with garter belt and mask, c. 1955-56
Pierre Molinier, Self-portrait with garter belt and mask, c. 1955-56
Pierre Molinier, Claire and Alain, date unknown
Pierre Molinier, Claire and Alain, date unknown
Pierre Molinier, Emmanuelle Arsan, 1967
Pierre Molinier, Emmanuelle Arsan, 1967
Pierre Molinier, Introit, 1967
Pierre Molinier, Introit, 1967
Pierre Molinier, White Rose, 1965
Pierre Molinier, White Rose, 1965
Pierre Molinier, The Chaman, 1967
Pierre Molinier, The Chaman, 1967
Pierre Molinier, Le petit baphomet, date unknown
Pierre Molinier, Le petit baphomet, date unknown
Pierre Molinier, Le triomphe des tribades ou Sur le pavois, date unknown
Pierre Molinier, Le triomphe des tribades ou Sur le pavois, date unknown
Pierre Molinier, Poupée violée (Raped Doll), 1967
Pierre Molinier, Poupée violée (Raped Doll), 1967
Pierre Molinier, Untitled, c. 1967
Pierre Molinier, Untitled, c. 1967
Pierre Molinier, Untitled, date unknown
Pierre Molinier, Untitled, date unknown
Pierre Molinier, Untitled, date unknown
Pierre Molinier, Untitled, date unknown
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