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Nolwenn Brod

French photographer, represented by Galerie VU’ since 2014 and VU’ member since 2016, based in Paris.

Graduated from l’Ecole des Gobelins, Nolwenn Brod deems photography as a relationship, an elective affinity with the people and landscapes she encounters. « I try to represent the thickness of the landscape (a term borrows from Thierry Girard), the ambivalence of the feelings, the elementary things that our lives have in common, between what is planned and unexpected, where sometimes the sensations become feelings. The very tight framings operate as synecdoches ».

At first documentary, her work became more plastic as she draws her inspiration from painting and literature, plays links between reality and fiction, looks for a musicality of forms and materials. In this perspective she integrates to her photographic writing other disciplines such as video, sculpture, or tapestry - as in her work « La Ritournelle » for which she received the Elie Saab Grant during the 2017 Villa Noailles Fashion and Photography International Festival.

Prize-winner of numerous residencies, her works are frequently exhibited in France and in Europe, and appear in the collections of the Nicéphore Niépce Museum, the Villa Noailles, the French national library (BnF), the CNAP, artothèques and private collections.


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Portfolio

Series

La Ritournelle (2016)

work in progress, since 2015. La Ritournelle comes from music, returns to circular songs, to the movement of back and forth on the same theme, to the idea of always returning to the beginning. After living for several years in an important city, Marie and Jean with their child, settled in a village in France. This deterritorialization initiates the action. They have not fled but have fled from the lines of flight to produce new ones, to apprehend a new territory. Their activities are undeniably linked to contemporary theater, to those of the family, to the work undertaken in the house that evolves through the seasons, to their passage from one environment to another, from one becoming...

Even a mare horse is a kind of man (2015)

« Even a mare horse is a kind of man ». (Light in August, William Faulkner) In the street opposite me I notice a little boy dressed from head to foot in denim, with a belt with a large buckle trightened around his waist. “You look like a little cowboy who has lost his hat”. Diego smiles shyly, long eyelashes weighing down his melancholic blue eyes like Charley Toorop’s characters. I walk with him to his father’s. We reach his father’s. A dog endlessly barks, the type of oedipal dog that encourages us to regress, no-one tells it to be quiet. Diego most likely takes after his mother, he is dressed like his father. The formidable man with a bent back settles in the only...

Wrestling at dusk (2014)

Frame from the short film "Lutte au Crépuscule".

Ar Gouren, and other visions (2014)

In this series devoted to Gouren, a form of wrestling practiced in Brittany since the 4th century, Nolwenn Brod studies age-old memory. By photographing and filming these young wrestlers at dusk, she alludes to immemorial traditions through the flesh, the movement, the power of the bosies and the landscapes, provides an elegant and sensitive interpretation of Breton identity. In parallel but without being lured into citing images, a great iconographic tradition is reflected delineating the history of art, of the wrestlers like the depiction of the biblical episode Jacob and the Angel by Paul Gauguin, Maurice Denis, Rembrandt. In these slow choregraphies, sacred and pagan confrontations...

Go on and lose me wherever you'd like (2011)

I followed the chronological and geographical thread of the path of my father who passed away several years ago in Ireland, in order to regain his ground. Fate leaves a trail along the way, it is the only way of becoming acquainted with its arbitrary nature. The vestiges of an order appear in the days that are all of a blur, appearing to mysteriously govern me and give me unexpected repercussions. The title refers to a poem by Nicolas Bouvier, The Point of No Return, published for the first time in 1982 in the collection Outside and Inside: ‘Life was so disorientating and great / That you said or rather murmured ‘Go losing me wherever you want’ / The waves retorted, ‘you will not...

Exhibitions



La ritournelle (Paris)
From 2017-09-15 to 2017-10-21

Le point de départ de La ritournelle, c’est un homme, une femme et leur territoire amoureux, social et professionnel, bouleversés par un changement de lieu (le couple a quitté une grande ville pour s’installer à la campagne) et la naissance d’un enfant. Nolwenn Brod leur rend visite régulièrement depuis plus de deux ans. Elle observe, sans vraiment en rendre compte mais plutôt en rendant palpables, les tensions, les variations des sentiments, des paysages, des saisons. L’homme, l’animal, le végétal et le minéral se confondent et se répondent. Se côtoient un sein...

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La Ritournelle (Hyères)
From 2017-04-27 to 2017-05-24

The series La Ritournelle is presented at the Villa Noailles, as part of the festival de Mode & Photographie of Hyeres. La Ritournelle comes from music, returns to circular songs, to the movement of back and forth on the same theme, to the idea of always returning to the beginning. After living for several years in an important city, Marie and Jean with their child, settled in a village in France. This deterritorialization initiates the action. They have not fled but have fled from the lines of flight to produce new ones, to apprehend a new territory.

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Devenirs (Toulouse)
From 2017-03-09 to 2017-04-30

Un certain Chant d’Amour « Rien ne nous manque jamais que la foi des visionnaires et le don du visage : si nous pouvions seulement, ne serait-ce qu’une fois, céder au mystère de l’apparition – si nous pouvions oser ce geste mystique et fou : croire nos yeux. » Camille Laurens in Cet absent-là Ce sont des paysages camouflés en portraits. A moins que ce ne soit l’inverse. Depuis les terres celtes d’une Irlande verdoyante ou d’une Bretagne sempiternelle, la végétation se meut en formes immatérielles. Presque de la ouate paysagère qu’une tradition du jardin d’Eden...

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