Performance is the heart of Clarisse d’Arcimoles’ (b. 1986) practice, a French artist currently based in London. After graduating from Set Design for Performance at Central Saint Martins, she pursued a postgraduate course in Photography. During this period she started focusing on performance photography staged specifically for the camera, exploring ways of documentation of performance art works.
Fascinated by the irretrievability of the past and photography’s strength to make memories tangible, d’Arcimoles’ work depicts human vulnerability examining identity and intimacy. d’Arcimoles takes satisfaction living within the fiction she is creating, a fiction of the real world, real life, and real stories. Her work results from sustained relationships with family, friends, place and history.
Throughout the years, Clarisse d’Arcimoles’ work has been enthusiastically received with exhibitions and awards in the UK and internationally. In 2010, Clarisse was one of the 27 finalists selected to present her work at the Photographers’ Gallery for the freshfaced10, she was also the winner of Heart of Glass 2010. Recent exhibitions include Rise and Fall, Concrete and Glass (2010), Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 10, The Photographers’ Gallery (2010), Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London and Adelaide (2011) My Head is All Over the Place, BREESE LITTLE (2011) and Forget Nostalgia currently exhibited in London at BREESE LITTLE. Clarisse d’Arcimoles’ next project, Forgotten Tale, is currently scheduled for 2014. The project will reconstruct a Victorian photograph in three dimensions in a Huguenot house in Spitalfields, London.