Beauty, Creativity, and Healing
Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy
On Jean Frémiot and His Photographic Work with Adolescents
by Lorna Collins
At the 2011 colloquium, French photographer Jean Frémiot described how he uses his art to bring about transformation and healing for individuals and communities. His talk took the form of a bilingual conversation between Frémiot and Lorna Collins, seeking meaning and sense somewhere in between Frémiot’s native French and the Collins’s fragmented translation into English, using Frémiot’s enthralling photographs to document this process of making sense and the formation of a care for the self, which results from Frémiot’s artistic endeavour. This chapter provides Collins’ overview of Frémiot’s art, specifically relating to his work with disadvantaged adolescents, which then demonstrates how creativity can provide healing. The chapter then develops into an interview between Collins and Frémiot, which further develops this essential, symbiotic rapport between art and healing.
1. On Jean Frémiot and Classe Relais
Jean Frémiot is a French photographer, born in 1971, who lives and works in Berry, a small town in the center of France. He graduated from the Bourges Ecole Superieur d’Art in 1994 and was awarded the Laureat by the Bourse du Talent in 2008. He has exhibited his works in multiple galleries and museums around France, including the National Library of France and the Photoautumnales de Beauvais festival. He has also exhibited internationally, at the Piyngyao International Photography Festival 2009, in China, and at the Pnomh Penh International Photography Festival, in Cambodia.
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