The artist’s studio is a private, intimate and fruitful space – as French photographerVincent Ferrané’s new series Visitor demonstrates with charm and nuance. Over the course of a year, he photographed 17 emerging female artists in their ateliers in Paris, working across the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation and performance. Now, the resulting series comprises a book, set to be published by Libraryman on September 22.
Gender has its part to play in Visitor, but it feels secondary to the work Ferrané’s lens trains upon, which is in various stages of being made. Instead, the photographer documents process, gesture, tools, and the relationship between the bodies of his subjects and the work they are creating. He describes himself as an “active spectactor”, or a “studio guest” – he is engaged yet distanced, opening up an honest dialogue and capturing “the energy, the tension and the commitment” of his subjects.
The art world has long been under scrutiny for its underrepresentation of women: women artists constitute only three to five percent of major permanent collections in the US and Europe, and just 30 percent of artists represented by commercial galleries are women, according to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Ahead of the book launch, we speak to Ferrané to find out more about this significant and alluring series.