Disruption 3, 2018
Ink jet print
55 x 75 cm | 21.75 x 29.5 in
Not lost in you 9, 2017
single channel video
Avatar 26, 2018
Ink jet print
115 x 85 cm | 45 x 33.75 in
Disruption 4, 2018
Ink jet print
180 x 30 cm | 70.75 x 11.75 in
Louisa Clement (b. 1987 in Bonn, Germany) is a contemporary artist currently leaving in Bonn, Germany. She graduated in 2014 at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf as master student of Andreas Gursky.
Working with different mediums including photography, video, sculpture and VR (virtual reality) Clemet’s work metaphorically analyzes the objectification of the human body. Through new ways of representing the human figures, the artist questions how personality and connections between people are evolving within the urbanized and highly digitalized society of our times.
In Clement’s series Avatar, Disruptions, Egliedermensch and Heads the subject of the mannequin is photographed with her iPhone’s camera as symbol of the dehumanization of bodies. Seriality and alienation of the figures anonymize the human being, subliminally suggesting the possible, yet likely way the community is evolving into. Seductively looking, Clement’s work hardly defines the boarders between photography and painting, where the dissolution of defined structures is an essential moment of her practice.
The development of Clement’s work overtime, elegantly swings between figuration and abstraction, creating a sharp interference within the connection of the conceptual nature of her work and the visual language how it is expressed. The artist not only investigates social behaviors and the development of the society though her work, she also challenges the concept of photography itself, as a physical medium to represent conceptual works. This idea embraces her series including Fracture, On one’s Way and Portrait.
The juxtaposition of physicality and its vanishment finds its highest expression when the artist contextualizes in the same exhibition her sculptural work along with video work such as Not Lost In You and Circling Head. Very recently the artist is pushing the boundaries of her work thought the investigation of VR (virtual reality) as new media, creating the strongest antithesis between physicality and virtuality, despite virtual (not existing by definition) wouldn’t exist without physical.
Among the figures who inspired Louisa Clement, the poet Heinrich von Kleist, artist Hans Bellmer and photographer Eugène Atget.
In addition to the prestigious Max Ernst Scholarship of the city of Brühl, Clement was subsequently awarded for the sponsorship Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for Fine Arts and for the scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The artist was also awarded for the Förderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and for the prize of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2016, she received the Artistic Residency of the 6th Marrakech Biennial and the 2019 Villa Aurora fellowship for visual art.
Louisa Clement has exhibited in various institutions and museums including Kunst Raum Riehen, Switzerland; Wallraf-Richartz-Museum Cologne, Germany; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; Museum für Photographie in Braunschwei, Germany; Kunsthalle Recklinghausen and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in Germany; Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and Rencontres Photographiques de Toulouse, France; Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her work is included in the collections of Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Atlanta Kulturstiftung, Bad Homburg, Germany; Collection of the City of Brühl, Germany; Collection Ringier, Zurich, Switzerland.