Noms Inconnus

First there are words — words about a crime — then an image.
These facts that I report are neither "family dramas" nor "separation dramas" nor "crimes of passion", as abusive and invisibly named by the media. They are conjugal femicides, systemic murders.
Their number is alarming: in France, the country on which I focuse, a woman is killed every two or three days by her ex, husband or boyfriend. Behind this statistic which repeats itself every year, there are lives, first names, collateral victims.
The extraction of these murders from various facts, coupled with their convergence, viscerally highlights the recurrence and the violence of a social fact.
To restore to these victims even an identity, some lines of existence, a situation, a history, undoubtedly reveals that these dramas hurt any social class, any age; and essentially pushes us to discern the extraordinary violence falling in the very heart of conjugal intimacy.
The identity of the victim (name and age) and the perpetrator are carefully reported, as are the date of the crime, the location, the previously filed complaints, the criminal’s sentence and the link between the two.
I have collected information and newspaper clippings, investigated and documented the crimes.
Suffering from atrocities similar to those caused to those women, these photographs result from a process of deterioration of extreme violence.
Three-dimensionally remodulated, the representations of space reinvent themselves.
Conscious of itself, the projective plane is then extracted from its two-dimensional characteristic to leave the frame.
By their movements, the pieces address our situation as spectators, implying a responsibility on our part. Everything therefore happens outside the image.
This work also asking the spectator to take a position, both physically and through observation.
Texts and images then become one, aiming at breaking our indifference when reading about these crimes in local newspapers.

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Unknown Names, Benaki Museum/Pireos 138, Athens Photo Festival, currated by Manois Moresopoulos

LES RESISTANTES, L’Onde Centre d’art de Vélizy-Villacoublay, FR currated by Nathalie Herschdorfer

Guernsey Photography Festival, UK currated by Jean-Christophe Godet

Concerné.e.x.s, MICR, Geneva, CH currated by Julie Enckell Julliard 

Biennale de l’image tangible, Paris, FR

Plat(t)form 2020, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH

Solo Show at the MBAL currated by Nathalie Herschdorfer
Locle Museum of Fine Arts, Switzerland from November 2019 — January 2020 as the Winner of the Prix de la relève MBAL

Winner of the Prix Voies Off/2019 Contemporary Photography Awards | — Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles

Rencontres de la Photographie de Marrakech, Maroc

Prix Art Humanité — CRG, CICR, HEAD — Genève, Genève, CH

(In)égalité, Human Rights Photography Award — Act on your future, Galerie Art Bärtschi & Cie, Genève, CH


Féminicides — Appelons un meurtre un meurtre, Radio Vacarme, RTS1 19.06.2020

Kleio Obergfell—Zoé Aubry”
Issue—journal, 06.01.2020

Le Musée des beaux-arts du Locle a brillamment réussi son "Hiver 20-21"
Bilan, Etienne Dumont, 15.12.19

Les photos sépulcrales de Zoé Aubry
ArcInfo, 02.12.19

Les féminicides ne sont pas des faits divers! 
Nectar, 25.11.2019, RTS2

Femmes invisibles dans l’art
La Puce à l’Oreille, 14.11.2019, RTS TV

Interview de Nathalie Herschdorfer à propos de l’exposition Noms Inconnus dont elle est la curratrice

Zoé Aubry, exposition au Musée des Beaux Arts Le Locle Artefields, 24.10.2019


Prix de photographie des droits humains 2018