© Elsa Goudenège – Peut-être si je l’enferme

Elsa GOUDENÈGE will present “Madame Bruch, la nuit je vois Mars” at the Spéos Gallery, 7 rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris, from 13th of December 2022 to 27th of January 2023.

Opening of the exhibition: 13th of December, from 6pm to 9pm.

The eye is comparable to a camera. One of the major differences is that we cannot make visible what is imprinted on our retina. Human vision works like the mental sensor of our memories; it is the impression of mental images. It is also the imaginary perception of unreal objects or hallucinations. Sometimes, our vision deteriorates mentally or physically, and what we see is modified: the world we perceive around us changes, without the rest of the world noticing.

Bruch is a membrane around the eye. Sometimes it ruptures and can no longer correctly represent what is perceived. The symptoms are similar to those of age-related macular degeneration. Spots appear and complete our vision. Lines and letters gradually become distorted. These vision problems are aggravated by headaches, fear, frustration and fatigue.

In this series, I try to represent my visual deformity. After a process of acceptance, while navigating between fear and frustration, finding a way to express something invisible to others via photography allowed me to explain my feelings. And all the space they occupy.

Elsa Goudenège attended Spéos from 2015 to 2017 and also holds a 2020 Bachelor of Fine Arts from Paris 8 University. She is interested in portraiture and social photography, notably through partnerships with the Bondy Blog. During her degree, she oriented her work towards visual identity, before turning to masculinity and its representations. Through the medium of photography, she hopes to highlight the human and artistic performance that encompasses life. Through staging or scenes of everyday life she tries to represent the society around her. Elsa is also inspired by her personal life to create images that question the viewers.

Elsa is a Spéos 2017 graduate from the Professional Photography in 2 years program, specializing in studio.

© Elsa Goudenège – Et derrière, le néant
© Elsa Goudenège – Et maintenant
© Elsa Goudenège – Rolling eyes
© Elsa Goudenège – Troubles III