Performances Poésies en mouvement #11 – Résistance
Stéphanie Probst (CH)
photographic slideshow / voice
The work presents itself as a photographic slideshow, accompanied by a read text, resulting from the reflections and testimonies given by the participants during its production. For this project, the artist questions herself, with her models, on the relationship to the female body and on the way we look at ourselves. She produces a series of photographs in a studio with a derisory device (a pinhole camera). The slowness of the process is conducive to the exchange. We take our time. The process of meeting induces reflection. The narrative is woven throughout the project. Inspired by women discovering their own anatomy through a handheld mirror, she postulates beauty outside the norms, in self-acceptance. Women* (every person who identifies as such) are invited to pose or take intimate “selfies”, discover their bodies through this photographic filter but also to testify and express themselves. The read text that accompanies the slideshow is co-written and co-constructed during the interviews and contextualize experiences, feelings and testimonies.
Stéphanie Probst (b. 19986) lives and works in Geneva. With a master’s degree in visual art in 2011, she articulates her practice around processes of alternative photography (camera obscura) and micro-publishing. Her creative process is deeply linked to the meeting and the exchange: her work talk about identity, social relationships, intimacy. Her portraits are the result of meetings that require time and trust, the image is created in collaboration with her models. Long exposure times, inherent slowness of the photographic lab, inaccuracy, blurriness, the hazards caused by homemade photographic devices are fully integrated into the process and summon strangeness and daydreams, as a resistance to the digital frenzy.