Born in 1973. Lives and works in Paris.
The work of Agnès Geoffray balances between reality and fiction, between everyday and unthinkable situations. Her photographs, installations and videos combine the unknown with the terrifying, like in popular fairy tales. A fascination with the visible and invisible traces of disorder, or even disaster, in everyday situations and events underlies her texts, photographs, videos and slide shows. In almost entirely white photographs, gruesome compositions inspired by media images, or compositions we are familiar with from the traditional iconography, evade the public’s eye. She appropriates images and scenes from a collective memory and wants to draw attention to the real meaning of events that are evoked by words and images.
(Eva Wittocx, Art center STUK, Leuven, Belgium)
Agnès Geoffrey graduated from the schools of fine arts in Lyon and Paris. She was in residencie at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (2002-2003) and at the Villa Medici in Rome (Académie de France, 2010-2011). She has recently exhibited at Kunsthalle in Vienna, at Magasin in Grenoble, at Center of Photographie in Geneva, at Jeu de Paume (curator Georges Didi-Huberman), at Rencontres d’Arles and Center Pompidou Metz. Her works are part of many public and private collections such as Pompidou Center, CNAP, MAC VAL, Elysee Museum, Antoine de Galbert Foundation … Three books about her work have been published by Editions de La Lettre Volée, Ultieme Hallucinatie, Profond silence and Les Captives. In 2017, CPIF (Centre photographique d’Ile-de-France) presents a major monographic exhibition dedicated to Agnes Geoffray, in particular on the occasion of the AICA France prize, awarded in 2016 to J. Emil Sennewald, for the presentation of the work of the artist. This presentation as well as this exhibition Before the eye lid’s laid were also published by La Lettre volée.