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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Serge Clément

Dates:  1950 -
Born:  Canada, QC, Québec
Active:  China
Contemporary Canadian photographer, animator and installation artist.

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Serge Clément was born in Québec (Canada) in 1950. He started working as a photographer in the 1970s, alternating between commercial and personal projects.
His poetic style is already showing in his initial works (Affichage et Automobile, 1976-1977; Notes urbaines, 1980-1984; Suite européenne, 1984-1987): modern and urban sensitivity, humanistic approach, archaeological and metaphysical depth.
Since 1993, he has devoted himself entirely to artistic photography and his works have been exhibited in many countries: Québec-Canada, where he is represented since 1993 by Toronto’s Jane Corkin Gallery, France, where he is represented since 2001 by Lyon’s Le Réverbère gallery, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Syria, China, and Japan.
Since his first book (Cité fragile, 1992), he has been exploring various artistic styles: traditional documentary (Halloween, 1997), visual poetry (Vertige Vestige, 1998), expressionist installations (Persona, 2000; Parfum de lumière, 2004), and urban visions (Fragrant Light, 2000; Sutures–Berlin 2000-2003, 2003).
His work is a kaleidoscopic vision of human culture at the dawn of the third millennium, exploring the cultural depth of Europe, the cultural mix of North- and Latin-America, the cultural fusion of Asia.
In 2002, he has produced for the National Film Board of Canada a short animated film (Parfum de Lumière/Fragrant Light) from photographs taken in Hong Kong and Shanghai between 1995 and 2002. This fragrant light takes us through space and time in an urban landscape where Hong Kong is showing the way to Shanghai, while the photographer’s inner city gives us a glimpse of the 21st century metropolises. He also takes us beyond history, in multidimensional chiaroscuros telling us who he is, who we are, of where we are heading..
Clément just finished courants ~ contre-courants, a complex project to be displayed in an installation that includes exhibitions prints, 2 large-size books of photographs and an album published by Éditions Marval (Paris). It was presented at Lacerte art contemporain in Quebec city in June 2007. Matter, shadows and poetry constitute the framework of this America-Europe, intercontinental dialogue, while the storyline explores the multiple, space-time layers of human activity, real and imaginary, past, present and future.
Serge Clément is the recipient of many grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, which recently granted him the use of Québec’s studio in New York for a period of six months, starting July 2007.
Selected solo exhibitions
2007 “courants ~ contre-courants” Lacerte art contemporain, Québec, Québec
2005 “Nulle part, ailleurs” Le Réverbère, Lyon, France
2004 “Parfum de Lumière - Installation” Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, Québec
2004 “Sutures - Berlin 2000-2003” Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, Québec, Québec
2003 “Serge Clément - Au milieu d’un temps, photographies 1993-2002” Le Réverbère, Lyon, France
2003 “Sutures - Berlin 2000-2003” Galerie Simon Blais, Montréal, Québec
2003 “Fragrant Light II” 10 Chancery Lane Gallery +The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong, China
2003 “au Passage Patience” Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto
2001 “Parfum de Lumière” Galerie Simon Blais, Montréal, Québec
2000 “Persona” Occurrence, espace d’art et d’essai contemporains, Montréal, Québec
1999 “Vertige-Vestige“ Centre Photographique d’Île de France, Pontault-Combault, France
1998 “Vertige-Vestige“ Centro de Fotografia - Université de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
1996 “Halloween 1995, Montréal, Québec, (Canada)” Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1994 “Cité Fragile” Mois de la Photo à Paris, Centre culturel canadien, Paris, France
Selected group exhibitions
2007 “Aspects de la photographie canadienne”, Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image, Nice, France
2007 "Branching Out" SEPIA International / The Alkazi Collection, New York
2006 Paris Photo, Paris, France, November 16-19 2006, Galerie Le Réverbère - presentation
2006 Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon, France – Vingt-cinq ans, noces d’argent
2005 “ARTport conTEMPORARY” , Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada
2005 Marks of Honour - A striking Library, Van Zoetendaal + FOAM, Amsterdam
2004 Transparences Le Réverbère, Lyon - curator: Dominique Païni
2003 Art Basel / Miami, Miami, USA, December 4-7 2003, Jane Corkin Gallery
2002 “La chimie des corps” VU, centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie, Québec, Québec
2002 “Enrichissement des collections. Dons et acquisitions 1996-2000” Musée de la photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
2001 “Le Pouvoir de la réflexion / The Power of Reflection” Centre Saidye Bronfman ( Galerie Liane Et Danny Taran) Montréal - curator: Martha Langford
2001 “Les Intrus”, Marché Bonsecours, Mois de la Photo / Centre Est-Nord-Est, Montréal
2000 “Le cadre, la scène et le site”, Fotoseptiembre /Centro de la Imagem, Mexico
1999 “Wonderland”, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, The Netherlands
1997 “Photographie au présent”, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France
Awards and grants
2006 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Quebec Studio in New York
2004 Honorable mention - Roloff Beny Photography Book Award, Toronto
2003 Canada art council (long term grant)
2002 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (long term grant)
2000 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (long term grant)
2000 Canada art council (long term grant)
Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris, France
FRAC Île-de-France, Pontault-Combault, France
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgique
Musée Nicéphore Niepce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France
Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal, Québec
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montréal, Québec
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China
Artothèque de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Montréal, Québec
Musée Canadien de la Photographie Contemporaine, Ottawa, Canada
Centro de Fotografia - Université de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain  
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