* 1950, Québec, Kanada (Canada)
Serge Clément was born in Québec (Canada) in 1950.
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 1998 by Montreal’s Galerie Simon Blais, 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)and animated film (Parfum de Lumière / Fragrant Light,2002 ; d’aurore, 2009).
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.
Recently, he 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).
courants ~ contre-courants has been touring in Europe over the last 3 years, Maison Robert Doisneau, Gentilly (F) / Halle aux grains, Lectoure (F) / Espace Jean Legendre, Compiègne (F) / Margaret Harvey Gallery, Saint-Albans (UK) / the Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi (B) and finally at Espace Malraux, Chambéry (F).
In 2002, he has produced for the National Film Board of Canada a short animated film (Fragrant Light / Parfum de Lumière) 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...
d'aurore, produced in 2009, is mixing photography and film movement. Edited from the 5 heures du matin project (done in 9 differents cities of the world), it moves from night (darkness) to the raising light.
N à Y , his last work, was presented at Le Réverbère in Lyon, France, in May 2010 and then in Quebec at Lacerte art contemporain (august 2010). It relates strongly to the 1920's artistic mouvement such as Surrealism, Bauhaus as traveling through the New York's booming of the same period.
He received numerous grants, over the years, from Canada Arts Council and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec which, in 2007, accorded him the Studio du Québec in New York for six months.
NK ne - 2011/12