Elles x Paris Photo - Jocelyne Alloucherie

Galerie Françoise Paviot

“I live for my art, but I don’t make a living from my art, obviously” Jocelyne Alloucherie

How did you become a photographer? Would you define yourself as a one?

My work has evolved along two main lines: architecture and landscape. They shouldn’t be interpreted literally. They are a way of looking at the “elsewhere” and how it is framed. So it was natural that photography would become one of the favoured media in my work.

What drives you as a photographer?

For a long time, I explored the notion of presence, a presence invited in certain spaces and not represented in the heart of the image. Today, and on the basis of my experience of photographic work, I’m seeking rather to bear witness to this presence in public spaces through the agency of video. This research isn’t in any way documentary in nature, and I treat images in motion as I would photographs: through framing, work on colour, anything that allows me to add a filter to the overabundance of reality. There then comes a work with words: off-screen monologues having simultaneously a poetic, philosophical and social content, on the subject of the marginal habitation of certain spaces.

Do you think there is such a thing as a ‘woman’s gaze’ in photography? Is this something you can relate to?

I don’t think my vision contains traces associated with my sex; indeed, it’s what I try to avoid.

Has being a woman influenced your work as an artist in any way? 

I’ve often had to work twice or three times as hard as my male colleagues to have the same level of acknowledgment of my work. I also know that the thoughts on my artistic and photographic work that I’ve expressed in different writings have not always received consideration. So it was difficult. And it still is, because I spend a lot more time and energy in creating rather than weaving distribution networks. It’s a choice: staying true to my primary passion.

Do you live off your art?

I live for my art, but I don’t make a living from my art, obviously.

Which authors have inspired you? Are there any women photographers among them?

I love literature, cinema, dance and photography, in fact all art forms. So I’m fascinated and enriched by a lot of authors, but I can’t name any authors who inspire me directly. Let’s say that I’ve been influenced by a certain approach of the American avant-garde artists of the 1970s. It was a time when a lot of seasoned and socially committed intellectuals were working and the dominant artistic conventions were in upheaval. I’ve no doubt that I’ve inherited from that influence a concern for a presence invited to visit a work both physically and mentally. In this sense, I have needed to work on the image, through scaling, framing and the support. The objective is to feel included through the reminiscence of a look. And without the human face playing the role of a reassuring mirror.

Jocelyne Alloucherie


Born in Quebec in 1947, Jocelyne Alloucherie lives and works today in Montreal. Through her artistic work, she explores notions surrounding the image, the object and place in a conceptual and poetic manner. An experimental approach, combining sculpture, architecture and photography. At the frontier of the world of dreams and reality, her imaginary spaces invite us to reflect on a particular notion of landscape seen as a reflection of our relationship with the world. With exhibitions internationally (France, the United States, Italy, China, Japan), her work has received numerous awards: Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, Prix d’Excellence of Quebec in the Visual Arts 2001, Order of Canada in 2008) and is part of several public art collections: Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Fondation Ordonez Falcon in Spain, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain in France, among others.

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