THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK 24/09/2012: Nathalie Joffre

THE ARTIST OF THE WEEK

WEEK  24/09/2012

WHO

Nathalie Joffre (1981) is a French artist based in London and Paris working primarily in photography and video often combined with writing. She studied Art History in La Sorbonne where she graduated with a Bachelor and a first year- MA majoring in Modern and Contemporary Art History and African Art (high honors). In 2011 she graduated in Fine Art with highest honors from the University Jules Verne (Amiens, France) under the direction of video art theorist Françoise Parfait. She is now completing her studies with an MA in Fine Art Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. 

Portrait : Vincent Perrault

Photograph from: Vincent Perrault

WHY

Beside her participation in international video art festivals such as Videoholica (France) 2012 , Simultan (Romania) 2012, and Gens des Fontaines (France) 2013; She has also recently been selected by the French Ministries of Culture and Agriculture for the grant and the video-art residency “Art, Paysage Patrimoines”.  

Nathalie will be holding two shows in London this autumn;   A new series of photographs in the exhibition “Metroland” as part of the InsideOut Festival in London and her newest creation “He told me that his garden…” at the London College of Communication in November. In this second show the artist will present her new video resulting from a one-year exploration of Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives.

WHAT

He told me that his garden… 3-screen video and sound installation
Archives tend to bring us back to the past through documenting it, but they also inhabit our present. What kind of imprint do they leave on the memory, the body and the intimate space of the one who touches, smells, listens to them and studies them?

He told me that his garden… is the result of the artist’s subjective exploration of the archives of Bethlem Royal Hospital and more specifically of a collection of patients’ pictures, taken by portrait photographer Henry Hering between 1857 and 1859. She has intended to consider the archives not as a fixed accumulation of dead material but as a living and travelling body, that one can access and appropriate physically and mentally

WHEN AND WHERE

You can see her work  at:

The London College of Communication Final Exhibition, A Forming State. Private View: Monday 19 November 2012, 16:00 to 21:00. Opening Times: 14-23 November 2012,10:00 to 18:00 London College of Communication.SE1 6SB

Metroland 22-27 October 2012, (Mon-Fri, 5.30pm to 9.30pm; Sat, 9.30pm to 5.30pm). William Goodenough House, London WC1N 2AN.thNovember 2012. 

 

MORE !
You can see her work  at:

http://www.nathaliejoffre.com/
http://map12.info/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)
http://www.gola.co.uk/borninbritain/the-event-of-the-year-final-exhibition-ma-photography-lcc/ (NOVEMBER EXHIBITION)
http://www.insideoutfestival.org.uk/events/a-new-metro-land/
http://metrolandexhibition.wordpress.com/nathalie-joffre/

 

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