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Charles-Henry Bédué digs into the emotional essence of familiar relationships

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Charles-Henry Bédué was born in Toulouse in 1980. In 2003, he graduated from Penninghen School of Graphic Arts in Paris. He spent 7 years in China, from 2007 to 2014 between Shanghai and Beijing. He currently lives and works in Paris.

Photography became the medium used to explore his personal story and investigate what’s around him, allowing the observer to mirror his/her own consciousness in it. Over the years, he developed an approach that lies between figuration and abstraction, being inspired by everyday life. His strategy is to explore with his very intimate vision the feelings arising with relationships, capturing the happy connotations and the ones a little bit cruel. In his photographs, the world around becomes an imaginary space populated by symbols suggesting the fresh mystery of everyday simplicity.

About ‘The House of Happiness’– words by Charles-Henry Bédué: 

At the origin of my artistic work is my blood family. In 2002, during my last year of art school, photography became a way to explore every aspect of my family story. The approach is frontal, figurative and a documentary. My work is an outlet, it helps me to take a step back on an environment that I love but overflows me. A nurturing house in the heart of a large park symbolizes this family where everything is lived intensely. It’s the work of art of a mother, we gather each other regularly. With time, travel, eternal returns, my soothed gaze has internalized. I see this house now as a spiritual playground, an imaginary space populated by symbols, enigmatic images, tender and cruel, drawn from a tale for children.

Today, this work on my family has spread to other families. At the instigation of a request, people who know my work invite me to events of their daily lives. Each encounter gives birth to a unique work that will find then its definitive place in the family space. The series The House of Happiness is an artistic project put at the service of families. It evolves in the wake of invitations, meetings, to respond to desires, and thereby finds its meaning and purpose. Over time I want to cross families of different countries and social conditions to emphasize the universal and symbolic aspects of this fundamental subject.

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30 August 2019
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