Interview: Francoise Gaujour

8Image courtesy of Francoise Gaujour

Interview: Francoise Gaujour

Luca Curci talks with artist Francoise Gaujour during the Contemporary Venice – EXTENDED.

After a solid career as a radio and TV journalist Francoise Gaujour begins photo in Mali in the 2000s, attracted by the colors of Africa. Since then, she has exhibited her pictures in several galleries in Paris, in France (Saint Malo), in Italy (Contemporary Venice). Series talk about travel, invite to meditate the beauty of the planet. She seeks how to color the world, to reveal the color and sometimes she want testify. Her approach is poetic, sometimes graphic often in search of the abstract.

Luca CurciCan you tell us about your experience in Venice International Art Expo?

Francoise Gaujour – It was an interesting experience, very open to creation, rewarding for each artist, with the mix of genres of artistic expression.

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L. C.Can you tell us about the artwork you have presented in Venice? How is it related to the theme of the festival ?

F. G. – The work that I presented in Venice shows the lifestyle in the Arctic: the cottages of the Lofoten Islands in Norway and Icebergs of Greenland. Difficult conditions of living during winter. Societies threatened by climate change. Places that have always developed huge personal identities. A facet of a  “Liquid” world.

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L. C.What are you currently working?

F. G. – I decided to turn my camera to the landscapes of new contemporary societies. Currently I work at two future exhibitions. One of this is in Florence, Italy, around the “Possible Worlds”.

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L. C.What is art for you?

F. G. – Imagination feeds itself with images. Maybe because I’m a journalist, so witness of my time, I’m not trying to make a picture that shows everything; I want a picture that suggests and leaves a little room for the imagination. I want to show what the eye doesn’t see, the emotion that arises from nothing, and this is so personal. Looking for gold times, the intense moments. There is always a different story. That’s why I work to the borders of journalism and creation. And indeed there’s a difference between these two approaches. Personally I feel the color and light, it is through them both that my photos are organized. Art is a dream that we put on things. It becomes art when you forget its name.

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L. C.What do you think about the organization International Art Expo?

F. G. – The invitation display, how to apply, and on-site meetings are overall very positive. The deadlines imposed by International Art Expo for printing and delivery of the pictures were a little short.

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L. C. – Do you think the International Art Expo organization can be an opportunity for artists?

F. G. – Absolutely, a very positive opportunity to build relationships within the world of art. This experience brought me a lot, including a broader recognition of the artistic community. It opened the horizons for new exhibitions of my pictures around the world especially through “Contemporary Venice” and an upcoming exhibition in Buenos Aires.

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