Nathalie Joffre




‘We are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.’
Gaston Bachelard, The poetics of space (1958)

My work is concerned with our relationship to the past, as an intimate and performative experience that opposes a global, fixed and document-based version of our history.
Involving and mixing historical research, poetry writing, recording and (re)-staging, my process explores the intimate relationships we can build with places, objects and characters of the past. I mainly work at a small and local scale in order to immerse myself physically and mentally in my subject, be it a building, a path, a photograph, a personal or an institutional archive…
Through still and moving images, sound and words, I try to appropriate and reveal hidden and small parts of our history. I consider my works as poetic acts of resistance that question the unstable and volatile essence of the past.