Lara Buffard is a French Baroque persona. She is a performance artist who incorporates symbolic and surrealistic visuals within her work. She subverts the darkest aspects of life through striking and colourful images, communicating personal and social ideas in playful and powerful acts, transforming the human body into a Raphaelite creature. The emotions she evokes, bring individuals to a pivotal place where a connection to life’s authentic meaning can be grasped; such experiences may be transformative. Artistically, she is interested in exploring the liminal space between reality and surreal fantasy, performance art and ritual.
Reach for the Sun
It sounds like Sunday, every day. I can hear the birds, I can hear my breath.
Confinement brings peace and quiet, suddenly no need to desire anything more. No pressure to do, to go, to see, to be part of.
It’s almost as if I don’t exist anymore. It brings me peace.
It’s beautiful outside. I can hear the birds.
This picture series has been realized in collaboration with Jenna Callawaert a young photographer during the confinement in April 2020. I realized how this slow locked time was actually a gift for me and a deep breath into my intense life. Usually, I travel often for my work as a performance artist. I wanted to share this suspended and hiding time feeling in all his beauty. I asked Jenna if she will be interested to work with me and to respect the social distance.
She came with her camera and we elaborated this series about a happy (!) woman’s journey during the lockdown. I created the headdress with paper, who allowed me to hide and almost disappear, behind the quantity, behind the window. But because I could disappear I reached the sun, my own light.
Photo documented performance
THIS Gallery acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.