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."