Prix de la photo Camera Clara

Edition 2020


Stéphanie Solinas , prizewinner

In 1633 in Rome, Galileo was condemned by the Church for having defended heliocentrism. Exemplary figure of the struggle of science against obscurantism, we often forget that Galileo is also the one who expelled from the realm of physics, to relegate them to subjective illusion, the qualities that are the very essence of the sensory world: colors and sounds, warmth, smells, flavors. Thus, the one who explains the real through the impossible (the counterintuitive law of the falling bodies) invents modern science entirely centered on matter.

Working by superimposing temporalities and representations, reviving the porosity between science and faith, between visible and invisible, L’Inexpliqué – Revenants explores, from the sensitive experience of the bodies, what is above us.

In L’Inexpliqué – Revenants, painted or sculpted bodies haunt living bodies, the stars are watching us, and Galileo, at the time of his trial hosted at the Villa Medici, enters into dialogue with Therese of Lisieux, contemporary saint who is said to have owned a camera that I miraculously borrowed from the Nicéphore Niepce museum and used under the Roman sky. Like the telescope for the conscientious star gazers, this wooden large format folding camera has become my device of vision, to find, in the very materiality of things and beings, traces of an infinity.

L’Inexpliqué – Revenants is part of a larger work, L’Inexpliqué, that investigates in Italy the concrete forms of access to the spiritual - miracles and the process of their recognition in the catholic world as a direct point of contact between science and faith, relics, apparitions. Conducted at the French Academy in Rome / Villa Medici (artist in residence in 2017-2018), L’Inexpliqué is a work in progress exploring the creative links between light, vision, embodiment, science and belief.


Stéphanie Solinas (1978-) explores the thinking process involved in the act of “seeing” and the weaving of the visible and the invisible, of science and belief, of the dynamic between the Self and the Other, which shapes our identities. Her field of investigation extends from the 19th century to the 21st century, from the birth of photography to artificial intelligence.

Since 2014, Stéphanie Solinas is leading Les Aveugles éblouis [The Dazzled blind], a research elaborated as a cartography of identities, between materialism and transcendance. She anchors her investigations on 3 specific territories : Iceland, Italy and USA, to create 3 bodies of works - Le Pourquoi Pas ?, L’Inexpliqué and Devenir soi-même.

Graduate in photography from the ENS Louis Lumière in Paris, PhD in Visual Arts at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Solinas was artist in residence at Villa Médicis / French Academy in Rome (2017/18) and at Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco (2018/19).

She is awarded of the Etant Donnés French-American grant for contemporary art, the SCAM Experimental Work Prize for her short movie Ne Me Regarde Pas for Opéra de Paris / 3e Scène, the Edouard Barbe Prize.

For 5 years, Solinas was professor of photography at École des Beaux-Arts in Rouen/Le Havre and at Institut of Political Science in Paris.

She has published several books and in October 2020 the Guide du Pourquoi Pas ?

Stéphanie Solinas had several solo shows in France and abroard : FraenkelLAB and Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, FOAM fotografie museum in Amsterdam, Rencontres d’Arles, Carré d’Art museum in Nîmes, Eugène-Delacroix national museum, French Photographic Society, Gradiva gallery, La Maison Rouge foundation in Paris, etc. Her work is part of private and public collections, among others SF MOMA, Pier 24 Photography in USA, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Musée d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain PACA, Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Paris, Collection d’art contemporain de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Musée Nicéphore Niepce in France, Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland, etc.

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©Stéphanie Solinas

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Stéphanie Solinas / Michel Poivert

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