October 24 – December 6, 2019
Reception October 24, 2019 7-8 PM
Gallery Talk Susan Rosenberg Jones 6:15 PM
During her meetings with 10 centenarians from the Montérégie region, Québec, Arianne Clement became interested in the efforts that these women put into (or don’t), looking good and the many challenges that they face. She asked them about youth, old age, feminism, sexuality, charm, appearance, love, etc. Through these portraits, Arianne questions society’s obsession with youth and beauty standards. She also seeks to give a voice to these women whose beauty is rarely acknowledged.
While working as a journalist in Nunavut, Arianne Clement began playing with photography. This experience inspired her to do a Master’s degree in photojournalism at the University of the Arts of London, which she obtained with honors. During her numerous trips abroad, she developed a photographic style that combines both art and documentary.
From the Great North to the West Coast, the Amazon to Eastern Europe, Argentina to Ireland, her most recurrent themes are the forgotten ones, the excluded, and the marginalized.
Attracted to rough coarse and grainy textures, she is constantly on the lookout for powerful contrasts: light and texture, past and present, but especially contrasts between the attractive and the unsavoury, serenity and calamity, the beauty of life and its cold cruelty.
For years, Arianne has been taking interest in the “invisible” people living in her community. She now devotes a big part of her art to the elderly—her approach and the expertise she has developed give her work an unrivalled depth and authenticity. She has recently participated in a number of exhibitions on senior citizens, and obtained numerous awards, grants and honors.