2022 - Ásmundarsalur art space “Artist talk - Essentially Untitled”
video by Helga Jóakimsdóttir

2021 - The Reykjavik Art Museum “Claire Paugam: Attempting the Embrace nr. 31”

2020 - Podcast Out There episode 2  “In the studio with Claire Paugam”, Icelandic Art Center

2020 - Icelandic Art Prize catalogue

Exxistenz   Skynlisasafnið   Reykjavik   2019
Curated by Johanne Christensen and Serena Swanson

Claire Paugam (born 1991) is a French artist based in Reykjavik. She works accross a variety of medium including photography, sculpture, and video. She creates large-scale installations that encourage the viewer to consider their place within the ever-shifting realms of the earth. Paugam’s blown-up imagery stretches the proportions of geological and bodily details. Her work explores biological processes and questions social norms.

In her first time exhibiting one of her poems as a standalone work, Paugam challenges collectively learned reactions to saliva. In using spit, and the act of spitting, as a metaphor, we see the earth through the lens of our own bodily excretion. The spit features within different scenarios, taking us on a journey through the deconstruction of the cosmos.

Johanne Christensen

+ ou - sexe   B+ Galerie  Lyon   France   2018
Curated by Gilles Maignaud

A travers ses photographies de la série “Slackly Fluids” et ses céramiques, Claire Paugam affirme une approche beaucoup plus viscérale. Son érotisme s’exprime dans le fait qu’elle focalise son présent travail sur les orifices du corps, orifices qui constituent les voies de communication matérielle entre un intérieur et des extérieurs. Les « trous » du corps, d’où naissent les désirs et passent leurs accomplissements, sont aussi sources de mystère et objets d’interdits.

Claire présente également la vidéo « self sex » co-réalisée avec Katerina Blahutova sur une pièce musicale de la musicienne Msea, où les contorsions rythmiques du corps féminin sont accentuées par l’immobilité minérale du paysage islandais.

Gilles Maignaud

Líkamleiki Icelandic Photography Festival Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum Iceland
Curated by Brynja Sveinsdóttir

In Claire Paugam’s series Attempting the Embrace the body and rock become one. A texture of raw flesh is reflected in stones and rock, and the body and landscape coalesce into one. Openings and grottos in rock are reflected in bodily orifices and forms; the amorphousness and textures of nature are reflected in the human body and organs. Her works are in the form of photographs, sculpture, video and drawings, bringing together the similarities, relationships and fusion of humanity and nature accross all media. The nature of photography is subverted by sculptures that jump out the frame, and sculptures are the subject of a video in which body parts are flung out into nature and left behind to be absorbed into their surroundings.

Brynja Sveinsdóttir
Claire Paugam © 2023