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Fashion, portrait and performance photography

For commissions, please contact arianejudithtoussaint@gmail.com

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By Silence

'By Silence' is inspired by my encounter with a sociologist whose parents lost a daughter at a very young age, even before he was born. Devastated but worthy, they raised their other children with the weight of an absent sister.
I asked myself: where was this sister? Was she present by her evanescence? How could the photographic medium represent this absence?
I searched for her in natural forms, in collective imagery and in the words of the family. As if on a path, she plays hide-and-seek with sculptures, faces and bodies that evoke meditation and retreat. The fabrics catch and obstruct light to suggest the unveiling of a secret.
With photography, I represent this resistance of memory to time. I mix layers of time and types of images; archive images and my own material. There is a relationship to trauma, which has no place in the past and remains a constant present. Putting this sister back in the past, giving her a tomb and making the archaeology of her story and her death.

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by silence (installation)

Installation shot at the graduation exhibition 2020 of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL)

'By Silence' is inspired by my encounter with a sociologist whose parents lost a daughter at a very young age, even before he was born. Devastated but worthy, they raised their other children with the weight of an absent sister.
I asked myself: where was this sister? Was she present by her evanescence? How could the photographic medium represent this absence?
I searched for her in natural forms, in collective imagery and in the words of the family. As if on a path, she plays hide-and-seek with sculptures, faces and bodies that evoke meditation and retreat. The fabrics catch and obstruct light to suggest the unveiling of a secret.
With photography, I represent this resistance of memory to time. I mix layers of time and types of images; archive images and my own material. There is a relationship to trauma, which has no place in the past and remains a constant present. Putting this sister back in the past, giving her a tomb and making the archaeology of her story and her death.

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by silence (book)

'By Silence' is inspired by my encounter with a sociologist whose parents lost a daughter at a very young age, even before he was born. Devastated but worthy, they raised their other children with the weight of an absent sister.
I asked myself: where was this sister? Was she present by her evanescence? How could the photographic medium represent this absence?
I searched for her in natural forms, in collective imagery and in the words of the family. As if on a path, she plays hide-and-seek with sculptures, faces and bodies that evoke meditation and retreat.
With photography, I represent this resistance of memory to time. I mix layers of time and types of images; archive images and my own material. There is a relationship to trauma, which has no place in the past and remains a constant present. Putting this sister back in the past, giving her a tomb and making the archaeology of her story and her death.

Order at arianejudithtoussaint@gmail.com

Design: Zahari Dimitrov
Details: 90 pages, 20x28 cm, Munken and Fuego Felt paper, swiss binding with embossed soft cover, bilingual edition French/English
First edition: 30 copies
Price: 25 euros (+ print)

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Chapter 2–Claudine (performance)

Performance-reading at Page Not Found, The Hague, 06.03.20 (this event was part of Hoogtij#60)

"What I’m going to tell you is no fun. I’ll tell you about death, suffering, trauma and pain. But I will also tell you about love and human relationships—about the kind of love that I have for my aunt, for my whole family. I can’t help but yearn for physical touch, for warm hugs that are almost so suffocating, but somehow feel so good. There is love in my family, but it is not expressed. Above all: not too much hugging... kissing—sometimes. I love to hug my brothers, my mother, and my father. My father and I went out for dinner the other day, it was great... when we came home, I would’ve loved a proper hug. Not just a quick kiss goodnight. My project speaks of trauma and darkness. However it is here to liberate speech, create a warm feeling, become a proof of love."

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Chapter 2–Claudine (book)

"What I’m going to tell you is no fun. I’ll tell you about death, suffering, trauma and pain. But I will also tell you about love and human relationships—about the kind of love that I have for my aunt, for my whole family. I can’t help but yearn for physical touch, for warm hugs that are almost so suffocating, but somehow feel so good. There is love in my family, but it is not expressed. Above all: not too much hugging... kissing—sometimes. I love to hug my brothers, my mother, and my father. My father and I went out for dinner the other day, it was great... when we came home, I would’ve loved a proper hug. Not just a quick kiss goodnight. My project speaks of trauma and darkness. However it is here to liberate speech, create a warm feeling, become a proof of love."

Shortlisted for Kassel Dummy Award 2019

Read here a review about the book (Sabrina Mandanici, Collector Daily)

Design: Anna Moschioni
Details: 104 pages, open spine, Munken and Biotop paper, handmade book cover with wallpaper and fabric
1st edition: 50 copies (sold out)
2nd edition: 70 copies (sold out)

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Chapter 2–Claudine (photo series)

A story about family, hoarding, love and loneliness

"What I’m going to tell you is no fun. I’ll tell you about death, suffering, trauma and pain. But I will also tell you about love and human relationships—about the kind of love that I have for my aunt, for my whole family. I can’t help but yearn for physical touch, for warm hugs that are almost so suffocating, but somehow feel so good. There is love in my family, but it is not expressed. Above all: not too much hugging... kissing—sometimes. I love to hug my brothers, my mother, and my father. My father and I went out for dinner the other day, it was great... when we came home, I would’ve loved a proper hug. Not just a quick kiss goodnight. My project speaks of trauma and darkness. However it is here to liberate speech, create a warm feeling, become a proof of love."

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Chapter 2—Claudine (readings)

Unseen, photo festival, Amsterdam, 22.09.19
'Manic words', Words off the Page, spoken word event, The Hague, 17.02.19
Exhibition 'Forgetful Number presents: A Series of Contradictions', The Hague, 01.19