Léuli Eshraghi and Frédéric Nauczyciel at VCA Artforum School of Art
Thursday 26 May, 2am
26 MAY 12.30–1.30PM
School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts
254 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
Frédéric Nauczyciel is a French artist who works between Paris and Baltimore and will discuss the influences and communities that inform his practice which incorporates photography, video, and performance. Inspired by dance and cinema, Frédéric explores the complexity of social life in rural and urban settings. He creates nuanced portraiture by firmly positioning protagonists in their contexts. His most recent project, The Fire Flies, explores the underground voguing cultures of Baltimore and Paris. He was moved by the poetics of survival that he encountered - Black American and Black French gay, queer and trans artists who invent themselves through performance.
Nauczyciel emphasises this expanded meaning of performance with his images vivantes, asserting that the very ability to project yourself into the world is what makes you real. He has exhibited internationally, including at the Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Rencontres Internationales de Photographie in Arles, Musée de la Chasse in Paris, Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona, Julie Meneret Contemporary in Mannahatta New York, Honfleur Gallery in Washington, and in film festivals (Tilde Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival in Narrm Melbourne, Rencontres Internationales de Paris-Berlin, and Distrital in Mexico City). Recently, Nauczyciel was awarded a tailored 2-year residency to pursue his research in Seine-Saint-Denis, in the outer areas of Paris.
Words courtesy of VCA Art Forums.