Cécile Hartmann is a French artist and filmmaker who negotiates relationships between documentary and fiction. She questions the division between a constructed world and an organic world, pondering instability, experimental processes and the metaphysical. Her recent researches bring different image regimes, abstract and narrative modes, objects and natural elements into correspondence. Focusing on sites where beauty has evolved from decay or where violence has left scars on the landscape, she vividly depicts the times and places where our present-day economy and architecture interact with landforms, mineral and vegetal, hidden memories, substances and residues. Strongly elaborate, her work and installations give shape to complex forms, surfaces and temporalities inviting the viewer to a warmer embrace of life’s incurable systems.

After studies at the National Fine Arts Academy of Paris, Hartmann lived in Japan and in Berlin. Her films and photographs have been realised in places as far as Tokyo, Hiroshima, New York and Dubai. In 2016, she participates in the Seoul Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition The Family of the Invisibles and in the Museum Nicéphore Niécpe’s Wonderland. In 2014, she was invited to the EVA International Biennial’s AGITATIONISM show curated by Bassam El Baroni (Ireland) and Hiroshima Art Document curated by Yukiko Ito. In 2011, 2012, her movie Achrone was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon, and Museum Akarenga Soko in Yokoyama and received the Grand Prize Art video in Pantin, France. She has also exhibited at CRAC – Les Eglises in Chelles; Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona, Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki, and Museum of Modern Art, Bogotà. Cécile Hartmann was born in Colmar (France) in 1971.