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Year Created

2020

Year Acquired

2023

Keywords

Acadians, Women

Surfaces

Paper

Cultures

Canadian

Medium

Colour print

Art Forms

Photograph

Nutri

by: Annie France Noel


Guided by their own experiences, Annie France Noël's recent works deconstruct the challenging, hidden, and ambivalent emotions of parenthood through self-portraiture, staging, and data processing. The series Les Baby Blues: Nutri, of which the eponymous artwork is a part, tackles the mourning of breastfeeding failure and the obsession with producing and extracting breast milk, while also confronting postpartum baby blues. Utilizing digital photography as a foundation, various destructive interventions on the physical print draw attention to what is invisible, concealed, and lost.

Here, curator Elise Anne LaPlante provides a broader framework for this work:

"In recent years, through these photographic articulations, Annie France has embarked on an exploration of parenthood—a subject still laden with taboos and unspoken truths, which finds a unique resonance within current feminist and queer discourses. Drawing from her personal experience, the artist turns the camera on herself and challenges the established norms of a common—and constraining—imaginary of childbirth and breastfeeding. By bringing these experiences to the forefront, by naming the traumas that carry within them shame and disappointment, and by exploring the tensions between their contradictory emotions, Annie France demonstrates a genuine sociopolitical commitment through art."


Small annie france Annie France Noel

Annie France Noël is a queer Acadian visual artist, photographer and cultural worker. Her practice observes intimate and vulnerable aspects of the human experience through various photographic and interdisciplinary approaches.

After taking several photography classes at the Université de Moncton (2007-2010), Annie France now pursues a slow-paced and experimental practice. She is recognized as a noteworthy contemporary lens-based artist, manifested by their rich albeit budding career history.

Her lens turned toward herself following the birth of her first and only child in 2019. Coming from a place of vulnerability and frailty, she yields to the complex nature of the early parenthood experience and unveils its many unsaid and unseen.

Annie France is a dedicated member of the cultural communities she engages with at regional and national levels. She notably sits on the Board of Directors of CARFAC National, chairs the Board of Directors of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre (where her studio is located), and held the directorship of the artist-run centre Galerie Sans Nom from 2014 to 2023.

Originally from Galaget (Caraquet), she currently lives, mothers, and works as an uninvited guest on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples / Moncton NB.

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