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Nicéphore + International Biennial of Photography – Clermont-Ferrand : The Fragmented Body


The 16th edition of the Clermont International Photo Biennial focuses on the body and offers the photographic perspective of 17 international artists. In the program, 18 exhibitions presented in different places in the Auvergne metropolis from October 8 to 29, 2022.

Is the body only this envelope that we inhabit and that we adorn to deliver it to the gaze of the world? Or, without an attribute, does it reveal, beyond mere appearance, the deep reality of our being, its secrets or its aspirations?

The tiny being part of the whole, can it be that a wrinkle, a look, a detail for many innocuous, the curve of a hip, a simple silhouette, the furrows of a hand…are more telling?  and take us much further than the contours of this single facade (or this straitjacket), “inseparable” traveling companion that we must carry and assume.

Body subject in its raw reality; tricked-out body object or deformed toy body; secret body revealed. Useful, social or aesthetic body. Poetry, assertive or repressed complex hedonism.

Multiple body or suggested body. Body as witness or memory of accomplice moments, pleasures or secret sufferings…

It remains the first field of our introspections. Even in the absence, real or figurative, of a face or a limb which suddenly opens up new perspectives, questions our perception, questions the authenticity of this “being” and this other “ourselves” with which the mind plays and time shapes.

Selected pieces or separate pieces, it is on these fragments of identity that the gaze of the festival wanted to rest. So that everyone, starting with the artists invited, can reveal themselves, get lost in or reinvent.

Patrick Ehme
Artistic director


Nicéphore+, organized by the Sténopé association, offers the views of today’s greatest photographers around a single theme.
It is old or contemporary photography, plastic, social or reportage, which is brought together in a unique event of its kind.
Each edition settles in different emblematic places of the cities of Clermont-Ferrand and Beaumont conducive to an artistic wandering of the visitors.
Eclectic, committed, demanding, Nicéphore + can now be counted among the major French photographic events with more than 10,000 visitors welcomed at each of its editions.


Nicéphore + – Biennale Internationale de Photographie – Clermont-Ferrand : Le Corps Fragmanté
from October 8 to 29, 2022

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