Rodolphe Hammadi (Moselle, France 1958 - )


Rodolphe Hammadi ...
Rodolphe Hammadi was born in 1958 in Moselle (North East of France), from an
Algerian father and a German mother.
At 16, he studies electromechanical engineering and works in a coal mine.
At 18, the military service allows him to choose a distant assignment (he will never
return to his native region).
After his military service, he joins the Paratrooper corps and fly to Reunion.
Two years after, he leaves the army and goes to Paris, where he is hired as an
assistant in 1979 in the Studio Urphot. Eric Jantzen, photographer and professor of
perspective at the University Paris VI, teaches him the basics of photography in
general, and architectural photography in particular.
It is also in Paris that he has key encounters: he becomes the friend and assistant
of the painter Corneille (founder of the COBRA group), of the photographer Irina
Ionesco and of the sculptor and designer Pucci de Rossi, with whom he works
for 15 years.
As a photographer, he produces numerous books and exhibitions on architectural
topics in France and abroad, especially in Brazil where he lives from 1997 to 2003
in the small town of Goias Velho (in the Western Central region).
He is very interested in the Brazilian people and produces several photographic
series on different topics: women in their homes, craftsmen, landless farmers, a
psychiatric hospital, people sleeping in the streets…
It is in his workshop in Goias Velho, in 1999, that he starts creating furniture and
other objects. He works there on his personal approach as a sculptor, inspired by
the great variety of wood offered by this country of adoption. His work starts to use
recovered glass or metal objects.*
In 2003, during a photo coverage for French and Spanish magazines, he meets
the sculptor Frans Krajcberg, whose work he admires.
He then moves to Marseille where he has been living since, with his partner and
their child. The weapons have been designed and produced in Marseille. **
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Women Marseille in their homes.
Exhibition of photographic portraits and video interviews at L’Espace Culture
Marseille from 22 September to 31 October 2011.
Exhibition of photographs and singular objects: Atelier de la Capelette May-June:
Sculptures: 2009
Photographic exhibition about the difficult working conditions of women exploiting
palm nuts (Babaçu) in the Central West of Brazil.
Exhibition organized by the Region Paca and the Community 13 for Women's Rights.
March 2007: at the Phalanstère, Marseille.
April 2007: both at the Centre Fleg, in Marseille and at the Lycée Français of New
In May 2007: at the Cinema Latina (Paris) with the Jangada Association and the
Simone de Beauvoir Paris Audiovisual Centre. /
Doors of the Tolerances
Photographic exhibition at the Cultural Jew Center of Marseille. January 2005.
Goias Velho: Heritage and religion
Photographic exhibition as part of the Year of Brazil, organized by the Réunion des
Musées Nationaux in Paris-Bercy Village. April-June 2005.
Ordem e Progresso.
Photographic exhibition as part of the Year of Brazil, organized by the General
Council of Bouches du Rhône at the Espace Ovoid in Marseille in September 2005.
Ordem e Progresso.
Photographic exhibition as part of the Year of Brazil, organized by the AFAA in their
premises in Paris from October to December 2005.
Exhibition of sculptures and pictures, organized under Djazaïr a Year of Algeria in
France by M Gallery, Paris 2003
Objetos do desejo (Objects of desire: furniture and sculptures)
Meta Gallery-29 in Sao Paulo, Brazil 2000 and French Alliance Goiania, Gallery Do
Beco Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro 2001
Capital forgotten Belem, Manaus, Sao Luis
Exposure to the House of Latin America, Paris 1996;
At the Biennale de Lyon 1996;
Then traveling in the major capitals of the states of Brazil.
The park persevere in its being on a text by Gilbert Lascault.
La Villette, Paris 1996.
Around the Dreyfus affair
Centre Georges Pompidou
Travelling exhibition in Paris and Rennes, 1994.
Penal Colonies in Guyana
Exhibition at the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs of Guyana, Cayenne and the
Château d'If, 1994.
Music with eyes
Gérald Piltzer gallery, Paris, 1993.
Places of worship of the three religions of the single
Cultural Center of Nazareth
Travelling exhibition in Israel, 1991.
Cafes of the East
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris 1989.
Alexandria, Egypt
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris 1988.
Travelling exhibition in Europe and Africa.
Paris Arabesques
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris 1988.
Travelling exhibition in Europe and Africa with AFAA.
Steps of stairs
Musée Carnavalet, Paris 1987.
Travelling exhibition in Europe.
Recent works of Oscar Niemeyer
French Institute of Architecture, Paris 1985.
Reflections architectures
French Institute of Architecture, Paris 1985.
Gallery Airport Orly, Paris 1985.
Capital forgotten, Belem, Manaus, Sao Luis
Text from Gilles Lapouge.
HERME Editions, Paris, March 1996.
Great Gallery of the Museum of Natural History
Under the direction of Dominique Bezombes
Editions du Moniteur, Paris, 1996.
Guyana, memory-traces of the penal colonies
Text from Patrick Chamoiseau
CNMHS Editions, Paris, 1994.
The female body
Polaroid SX70
Screws Vis International N ° 14, 1993
Carnavalet, vision on a museum
Texts of Lawrence Durrell, Gilbert Lascault, Bourgeade Pierre Michel Braudeau,
Denyse Beaulieu, Irina Ionesco, François C. Diozyne and Anne Wade Minkowski.
Editions Paris-Musées, Paris, 1991.
Surrealist Paris
Text Gérard-Georges Lemaire.
Publisher Paris headliner, Paris, 1991.
The Oriental Cafes
Collective work. Edited by Gerard Georges Lemaire.
AFAA-Eric Koehler Publishers, Paris, 1989.
Alexandria in Egypt, places the quartet of Alexandria
Preface Olivier Poivre 's d'Arvor, texts Lawrence Durrell.
Eric Koehler Publishers, Paris, 1989.
Paris Arabesques, orientalistic architecture and arab scenery
Texts Marie-Jeanne Dumont. Eric Koehler Publishers, Paris, 1988.
De marches en escaliers
Texts from Gilbert Lascault, Irina Ionesco and painter Corneille. Editions Paris-
Musées, Paris, 1987
1997 Winner "Villa Médicis" for photojournalism in the 5th centenary of Brazil.
1993 Winner of FNAC "Eye Music" for pictures created music by Louis Sclavis,
Jacques di Donato and Armand Angster.
1990: Leonardo da Vinci Award for a photo report on Yemen, in collaboration with
the poet Adonis.
ENTRIES IN THE COLLECTIONS Carnavalet Museum, the Maison Européenne de
la Photographie, the Library History of the City of Paris, the Library Heritage and
National Centre of Fine Arts in Paris, the Musée de Rennes and Meta Gallery -29,
Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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