“Florence Chevallier has used photography for more than 40 years to question the imperceptible, an approach at the interface of an existential quest and a cathartic need.”
Florence Chevallier has used photography for more than 40 years to question the imperceptible, an approach at the interface of an existential quest and a cathartic need. Series after series, decade after decade, this visual artist continues to use innovative expression, switching from black and white to colour, from film – slide, negative – to digital, arranging her photographs alone, in diptychs or collages, etc.
This diversity can be seen in the genres she tackles – portrait, landscapes and still life – and in her processing, from figurative to abstract. Her first works – series of self-portraits – are much more than representations of her face and body.
Through Florence Chevallier, we are contemplating ourselves because the themes underlying her images are metaphysical, for example, her series La mort/Death (1989) and Le Bonheur/Happiness (1993). And more broadly, the artist addresses human beings, life, relationships with others, sexuality…
Even when she stops presenting herself, Florence Chevallier continues to explore her inner self, pursuing a universal vein. Each series – varying in volume – is a pretext for representing feelings and emotions of which she expresses all the nuances, from the most pleasant to the most painful, even to the most uncomfortable.
The titles of her series speak for themselves: Enchantements/Enchantments (1996-1998), Les Plaisirs/Pleasures (2016-2018), Éblouissement/Amazement (2020). Life experience is always at the heart of her work.
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