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"I deconstruct gender stereotypes to reconstruct a powerful story of feminity."

French artist Clemence Vazard deconstructs gender stereotypes to reconstruct a powerful story of femininity. From media representation to sexual harassment, she’s inviting all women to reclaim their own narrative, from their intimate stories to universal history.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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#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.



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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...



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, France

2016 || Interview and photo report in Paris-Shangai-Fashion blog, Shangai

2016 || Interview in, 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