Portfolio No. 12
Portfolio of Alix Cléo Roubaud composed of 18 images, 250 copies.
A Mexican-born Canadian, Alix Cléo Roubaud was the daughter of a diplomat and a painter. She studied philosophy in Ottawa, Aix-en-Provence and Paris, where she settled permanently in 1978. Her philosophical research fed her photographic practice, which was particularly intense in the four years leading up to her death - Alix Cléo Roubaud died of a pulmonary embolism at 31.
In order to create work that adequately captured her emotions in a given moment, Alix used a variety of techniques: over exposure, colour-matching existing negatives, hand colouring prints, even inventing tools like the «light brush». Her work is the result of a profound aesthetic and artistic research. rough it she asks the question of what photography means to us: a memorial relic, or the recreation of a memory ? Once she achieved her desired result, she destroyed the negatives, making each Alix Cléo Roubaud print unique.
The exhibition Quinze minutes la nuit au rythme de la respiration (Fifteen minutes at night to the rhythm of breathing) is the first retrospective of her work. anks to a recent donation to the BNF from her husband, the poet Jacques Roubaud, it presents nearly 200 prints and previously unpublished documents for an immersive experience that is both sensitive and demanding.
Portfolio delivered in its complete box set: Wombat N°12.