Started during her residency at Casa Roga in Mexico during summer 2021, Inmaculadxs is Clémence Vazard’s new artworks series which opens up the spectrum of gender and provides fluid representations, one stitch at a time.
Feminist movements of the 21st century are embracing pluralities of claims and identities, following Kimberlé Crenshaw’s notion of intersectionality. Provided that race, class, gender, and other individual characteristics “intersect” with one another and overlap, feminist activists as well as contemporary artists are acknowledging and investigating on these intertwined struggles.
Clémence Vazard, for whom feminist struggles and theories are at the foundation of her artistic approach, has also taken up these issues. During her residency in Mexico City in 2021, she particularly investigated the iconography of the Virgin of Guadalupe, what it represents as a vision of “the” Mexican woman and its various depictions in popular crafts. Among them, the embroidery of sequins has been a common thread during the artist’s visits to Mexico. Her recent encounter with the Bruja de Texcoco during one of her musical performances, wearing a dress adorned with sequin embroidered Virgins, was the latest revelation for Vazard. She then invited the Bruja to pose as the Virgin of Guadalupe and collected her intimate story, her vision of femininity, of her femininity.
With Inmaculadxs, the artist delivers a work that brings together emotions, singular experiences, and intimate testimonies of femininity expressed and shared during its creation. As often in her work, Clemence Vazard invites people to witness and participate in the creative process of the artwork. In Mexico, embroiders, artists, crafters, friends, visiting audience of Casa Roga workshop gathered hands and voices around the piece.
Since then, she has experimented embroideries with different threads and technics to create as a way