CLÉOPHÉE MOSER

Born in 1992, Cléophée Moser is a visual artist, video artist and performer. She lives and works in Dakar, putting in relation her culture and her adopted environment with that of her origins in the Parisian suburbs around the themes of political brutalism, artistic commitment, the porosity of borders and relational practice.

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After training in applied arts in London, she followed a theoretical course in aesthetics and social sciences in Paris, then in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Cotonou, Benin, where she specialised in the field of postcolonial studies and gender studies. She then undertook a series of formative experiences with different masters in her fields of inscription: engaged performance, cinema of the real, critical poetry, installation. In Douala, Cameroon, during a creative residency organised by the Doual'art Gallery and ENSAPC, she made a definitive commitment as a visual artist with the creation of the film FAUVES, which received the first prize at the IN/OUT festival in 2019 in Gdansk, Poland.  

Initiated by mentors such as Hervé Yamguen, Sylvie Blocher and Eddy Ekete, she inscribes her practice in an approach that constantly questions the power dynamics at work in the relational weave and the role of images in the manufacture of the latter. In 2018 she founded the collective Eaux Fortes with the art critic Marynet J., which brings together in a trans-geographical network of committed artists and curators, in the context of events and cultural actions dealing with the power relations at work in the ecomonde and the present. Since 2019, she has participated as a visual artist in the Kin'Act Festival in Kinshasa, the Oops Performance Festival in Brighton, the Ouagadougou Biennale, the Kampala Biennale, the New Alphabet at the HKW institution, and the Dak'art Off Biennale. She is also a permanent resident at the Termes Sud Library in Ouakam, Dakar where she continues her research on healing in politics and intimate politics through various experiential and artistic processes.

 

Her practice has specialised in observing and transcribing the forces at play in the relationship between architectures, bodies in movement and collective imaginaries in capitalist cities and their construction sites. She deals with brutalism in pursuit of Achille Mbembe's theories, as a global state of organised violence between bodies and towards the environment. She creates multi-sensorial immersive installations (olfactory, aptical, sonic and visual), art objects of all kinds (textile art, sculpture, photography, assemblage) as well as performances and experimental films of a committed nature. Her works attempt to give substance to the subtle phenomena that impact the living and its future, but also to set up healing and care strategies as devices of resistance.