In Spoleto, artist in residence Clémentine Bedos has been developing a book project and collaboration with their grandmother the so-called ”outsider” artist Jeanne Durand, the project reflects on drawing as a means of revealing the body and the different regimes of power that cross and construct it. Clémentine’s work explores the entanglement of personal and cultural histories through hybrid, site-specific performances, focusing on multilayered oppressions faced by marginalised bodies and communities.
For our Open Studios, Clementine shared their recent work Metamorph (2022) 16mm, 09’14” (pictured above, installed in part of the ‘Cantina’, below the Sol LeWitt studio). Metamorph includes a 16mm film, along with prosthetics, text, sound and performance-based works. It draws on the myth of Daphne, who transforms into a laurel tree to escape pursuit by Apollo. In Metamorph this narrative – which is traditionally interpreted as resulting in Daphne’s ‘eternal silence’ or ‘loss of self’ – is reframed through a queer, transcultural and multi-species lens to consider alternative interpretations around agency and the character’s relationship to landscape. More info>>