Véronique Ellena

Born in 1966 in Bourg-en-Bresse, France. Lives and Works in Paris, France.

© Véronique Ellena, Les Brioches.

© Véronique Ellena, Les Brioches.

©Denis Darzacq

©Denis Darzacq

 

Véronique Ellena is a visual artist trained at ENSAV La Cambre in Brussels, in the photography workshop. She receives several public commissions (CNAP in Paris, André Malraux Museum in Le Havre) and her works is part of many public collections (Center Georges Pompidou, National Fund of Contemporary Art, FRAC Île-de-France) and private collections (Florence & collection). She obtained prestigious residences - Villa Medicis, Foundation of Treilles - as well as the Prix pour l’intelligence de la main of the Bettencourt Foundation for the Millenium Stained Glass of Strasbourg Cathedral. She exhibited at the Rencontres d'Arles in 2009, she was presented by Christian Lacroix as part of the Prix Découverte. In 2018 she is invited by the Réattu Museum in Arles for a retrospective of her work. And in 2019, some of her works are selected for the exhibition « Elles question de genre » at the Paul Dini Museum (Villefranche sur Saône). In November, her work will be part of the collections of the new Museum of Cultures and Landscapes in Hyères.

Trained in La Cambre, the French Véronique Ellena immortalizes elements, once alive, inspired by ancient painting in the fascinating setting of the Villa Medicis (Roma).

The series Natures Mortes, realized in 2007 at the Villa Medicis, confronts us with images of animals that life has left - fish, octopus, birds, etc - of some fruits or dishes, photographed in a simple environment, with the attention and sobriety that characterizes the whole work of Véronique Ellena's work. Each photograph invites meditation, especially through the symbolic significance of these bodies and substances that were among the essential components of ancient painting. It is a work on the complex nature of things: at once fragile and powerful, tactile and repulsive, deadly and luminous. These photographs, made in the large format and in analog photography, are imbued with this unique place that is Villa Medicis.