CLAIRE LESTEVEN - The progress of research initially led by drawing instead of a choice of photography
She was born in Paris, where she lived until the end of her childhood. Then, Claire LESTEVEN lived in Britany, after she moved to Nantes where she studied at the “Ecole Supérieur des BeauxArts”. At the end of a new period in Paris, she decided to move to Marseille. She becomes one of the founders of the Association Triangle France. The mission is supporting artists by an experimental program of projects, residences and exhibitions. In Marseille, Claire LESTEVEN develops a work using cylindrical obscurae cameras with plenty pinholes. She considers this work like the progress of research initially led by drawing instead of a choice of photography.
At the beginning of the 2000s, she moved to New York but she kept her relations with Marseille and Britany. In New York, her experiences with cylindrical devices are more and more present with using old water towers, put on trailers, often during residences of researches in New York and somewhere else in the United States of America, then in Nantes and Brest.
Claire LESTEVEN’s work is present in plenty of private and public collections as well as several books of reference about experimental photography. Among her personal exhibitions the most noticed are those in Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, La Arsenal Gallery at Central Park (further to a residence within a partnership with The Central Park Conservancy), then in 2015 at the Centre d’art Contemporain du Domaine de Kerghéhennec in Britany. Her exhibitions generated many press articles published for example in Artpress, the New York Times, Art in America...
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