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Bagnères-de-Bigorre Festival : The nude self-portraits of Jessica Evrard


When she was fifteen, when shyness seemed to have erected an insurmountable wall between the external world and her intense sensitivity, her father gave her a Reflex camera which would compensate for the words cut off by the image vector: this present allowed her to make her first self-portraits. At eighteen, left to herself out of the need to meet her own needs, Jessica Evrard ended temporarily this first photographic adventure.

Her father died in 2004. Overcome by the violence of mourning, she filled the void by becoming a model, a way of interpreting the small voice of others, until she found her own again, eight years later, by resuming her self-portraits. An autodidact, she then enrolled in a continuing education course “Developing an artist’s photographic practice”, at the Ecole nationale supérieure de photographie in Arles in 2014.

In photography, Jessica shows a predilection for sensitive emotions. Through her research of balance between space and emptiness, movement and inertia, she interrogates the duality of things in an attempt to materialise the indescribable.

Jessica Evrard was exhibited at the PHAART festival, which took place on the 1st and 2nd April 2017 at Bagnères-de-Bigorre, in Hautes Pyrénées, France.

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