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Elise Guillaume
Contemporary Art Practice MA

Royal College of Art

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Film / Photography / Installation Art

My location: Brussels, Belgium

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Elise Guillaume

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First Name: Elise

Last Name: Guillaume

University / College: Royal College of Art

Course / Program: Contemporary Art Practice MA

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Film / Photography / Installation Art

My Location: Brussels, Belgium

Website: Click To See Website

About:

Elise Guillaume (1996) is a Belgian artist and filmmaker whose work explores our complex relationship with nature. Interested in the connections within our (eco)systems, she uses audio-visual mediums to create contrasting narratives to question what it means to be human in a time of crisis and extinction. The body is a key element in her work: it becomes a vessel for interpreting living beings that form our natural world. With this in mind, the body becomes a meeting point between viewer and subject matter to encourage discourse regarding multi-species kinship. Elise's work has been selected for awards worldwide, including the Aesthetica Art Prize (2022 shortlisted), Arte Laguna Art Prize (2022 finalist and Art Nova 100 winner) and the La Scam Experimental Work Award (2022 preselected). She’s taken part in residencies in the Atacama Desert and Finland. In 2019, she had two solo exhibitions, one in Brussels and the other in London. Her works have been featured in festivals such as KIKK Festival, VIDEOFORMES and Alchemy Film & Arts Festival. She recently graduated from the Royal College of Art (MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2022).

Where i learn to breathe

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'Where I Learn to Breathe' adresses themes at the intersection of feminism and ecology. Visually and sonically rich with textures, the film takes the form of a confessional letter to a loved one, where the lasting impacts of a mental illness on female fertility unfolds. As the fluidity of water and the body intertwine, the protagonist takes us on a journey towards healing as she enters in symbiosis with nature. Working ecologically both on the conceptual and practical level, I developed negatives with my own plant-based developer using seaweed as an alternative to chemical substances. The image exhibited was taken while location scouting for her film 'Where I Learn to Breathe'. The overall light-box installation shows traces of the research & process that led to creating the photograph above it. (Note: Please contact me directly to receive the full 7mins preview of my film 'Where I Learn to Breathe' as only a trailer is publicly available.)