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From mixed media artworks to large-scale installations, Clémence Vazard deconstructs cultural codes to produce strong women portraits. The artist collects images from adverts to postcards, books to press articles and confronts them with portraits of women she met and recorded the story of. As a witness to these women, she creates testimonial works of art to unveil the reality of the 21st century woman.
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...