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"I deconstruct gender stereotypes to reconstruct a powerful story of feminity."
Clemence Vazard is a sound and visual artist.
She gets her inspirations from the people she gives a voice to.
After graduating with a Master in Arts and Culture Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris in 2009, the artist exhibited her work in international art festivals such as Chromatic Festival in Montreal and Passion for Freedom Festival in London and had several solo and group shows in London (M&C Saatchi), Paris (Galerie 21, FGO Barbara, Le Carreau du Temple…), Avignon (City Hall) and the US (Central Features Gallery).
In 2017, a few months before #metoo, she engaged 12 women to reclaim their intimate stories by asking them one question : «What is your first memory of being harassed?». With these authentic testimonies and powerful portraits the artist created an immersive visual and sound installation called #monpremierharcelement (#myfirstharassment).
By giving these women the rare opportunity to speak up, be listened to and believed, Clemence Vazard transformed intimate stories into political matters.
Clémence is a thought leader in art and feminism, the artist is regularly invited for giving talks, conferences or even museum guided tour about women artists and feminist movements in the arts and culture fields.
She recently co-founded “META collective” witch reunite 13 french women artists towards an artistic biodiversity. In a year, the collective has already been invited to exhibit in galleries and Art Centers in Paris and is tracking down an international strategy.
Clémence Vazard started collecting stories and visual contents since her childhood. As a librarian’s daughter, she grew up surrounded by books and printed medias. During her teens, she created
huge art murals with wallpaper and press images to question the contrasting layers womanhood portrayed by the media.
Clémence Vazard draws her inspiration mainly from feminist artistic movements from the 1970s to the 1980s. Her artworks refuse the construction of the feminine model imposed by contemporary imagery.
The smoke and mirrors revealed by her artworks is questioning the implications these illusions have on our reality and identity. Women’s complex relation to the body as exhibited by media and the sexist environment they are growing in leads to a permanent struggle between identity and representation, between self-acceptance and self-denial.
As a frenetic reader Clémence Vazard leads her researches on the importance, value and power of stories (self-taught ones as well as taught by others) in the construction of oneself identity. Disappointed by women representations in literature and magazines and frustrated by the lack of role model, she began to build her own narratives and create her own imagery.
The artist’ work is built on the tension between the deconstructed images and the power of genuine stories. With these portraits, Clémence Vazard alludes to self-questioning, physical and psychological confinement and self-investigation. Parallelizing paradoxes such as Intimacy/Universality, Subject/Object or Identity/Representation is a means to challenge our representation system which valorizes the physical and moral aggressions that women confront everyday.
The artist graduated with a Master in Arts and Culture Studies at the Sorbonne in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in international art festivals such as Chromatic Festival in Montreal, Passion
for Freedom Festival in London or Collagistas in Thessaloniki. She had several solo and group shows in Paris, Brussels, and Alburquerque.
Clémence Vazard partnered with brands in fashion and interior design and collaborated with artists working in different fields such as performance arts, music and graphic design.
#monpremierharcelement is an intimate and universal artistic project. The artist is addressing the subject of harassment through the memory of each woman and the story she wants to tell. By
asking women " What is your first memory of harassment? " she gives them a rare opportunity to tell their personal story from start to finish and to be listened to. The project focuses on the
cathartic power of the narrative of self, the paradoxically universal and intimate experience of women harassment, and the value of memory on the construction of ourself identity.
This project leads to an installation, which mixes photographic and sound collages, that together forms a sensory journey. Portraits reconstructed using the artist's collage technique are printed in large scale and positioned in such as way as to surround the viewer. The vocal testimonies are compiled to spread a clamor, hinting at selected pieces of stories.
The exhibition immerses the viewer in his/her own experience.
Clémence Vazard is currently working on #monpremierharcelement, a social project which can be conducted in many cities over the world. By collecting testimonies and portraits, and presenting an
art installation, the artist wishes to introduce the sensitive subject of harassment to a wider public.
Clémence Vazard is also developing her drawing skills with her “Topographic Studies”. While using the topographic maps codes, she reveals to the public a series of historical facts and the identities of strong women characters such as artists, scientists, actresses and politicians...
Art Critique, 08th March 2019
Clemence Vazard is a French artist who, in 2016, began working with women to record the story of their first experience of harassment. She brought the stories together to create an immersive, visual and sound installation called #monpremierharcelement (#myfirstharassment). Then #metoo happened. ...
CuPo, 07th March 2019
To celebrate the International Women's Day, we interviewed Clemence Vazard, an artist who is challenging stereotypes and creating new narratives for women.
This week marks the International Women’s Day, and not only we want to celebrate women through art, we also want to celebrate those women who make art ...
2018 || Large-scale drawing Couses with Sarah Navasse-Miller "Drawing as a tool" courses with Marine Pagès, Ateliers des Beaux-Arts de Paris
2008-2010 || Master's degree with a Major in "Arts and Culture" and a Minor in "Arts in Public Space", Sorbonne University, Paris
2018 || #monpremierharcelement ,City Hall, Avignon
2018 || Topographic Studies, Balades Sonores, Paris
2018 || #monpremierharcelement, FGO-Barbara, Paris (This project received a Grant from City of Paris 18th)
2017 || CUT/E, Objet Céleste, Paris
2017 || #monpremierharcelement, Centre Paris Anim La Chapelle, Paris
2016 || COCO, La Machine du Moulin Rouge, Paris
2014 || COLLAGES, Espace Demory Paris, Paris
2018 || Réflexions Quantiques - META collective (co-founded wit 12 women artists), Galerie Diese22, Paris
2018 || Infiniment - META collective (co-founded wit 12 women artists), FGO Barbara, Paris
2018 || Femmes illuminées - Group Show for "POP meufs" festival, Pavillon des Canaux, Paris
2016 || Tropicool- Summer Group Show by Klin d'Oeil Gallery curators, Klin d'Oeil Gallery, Paris
2016 || Charity Group Show for refugees, Gallery 21, Paris
2016 || Group Show by La Seinographe, Sergeant Paper Gallery, Paris
2016 || Group Show by Foreseen Studio curators, Bruxelles
2015 || Élévation - Chromatic Festival #6 by MassivArt art agency, Chalet du Mont Royal, Montréeal,
2015 || May Day - Collagistas Festival #2, Tabya, Thessaloniki
2015 || Klin d'Oeil - Klin d'Oeil Art and Craft fair #6, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris
2014 || Carte Blanche - Group Show by curator Nancy Zastudil, Central Features Gallery, Albuquerque
2014 || Passion For Freedom London Art Festival - Group Show by curators Agnieszka Kolek et Katka Kowalska, The Embassy Tea Gallery, London
2013 || Klin d'Oeil, Le Trabendo, Paris
2018 || Interviews in Cheek Magazine and Les Inrockuptibles Column in A Nous Paris, Article by Camille Diao on Radio Nova, France
2017 || Interview about #monpremierharcelement in Les Carnets de La Création on France Culture public Radio, France
2017 || Interview and photo report by Passerbuysm, New York
2017 || Interview about #monpremierharcelement on franceinfo.tv, France
2016 || Interview and photo report in Paris-Shangai-Fashion blog, Shangai
2016 || Interview in 20minutes.fr, Paris
2015 || Article and art critic in Apogée Journal #6, New York
2015 || Artwork publication in Manuel, Revue Érotique #1, Paris
2014 || Article and artshow review in Kiblind #51, Paris - Lyon - Bordeaux
2013 || Interview in Ponytail art blog, London