SHE IS A NURSE AND SHE LOVES ART. DISCOVER OUR TALK WITH THE FRENCH ARTIST.
Hi Cecile, would you tell us something special about you?
Hi. My name is Cécile, I’m french, I’m 34 years old and I’m a nurse in an operating room. I’m taking pictures about society and feelings, and my pseudonym “Hoodie” is a tribute to a friend of mine who called me “Capuche” (Hoodie in French) and who died murdered 4 years ago (the time when I started my account Instagram elsewhere).
What events have led you to become a photographer?
I studied literature and visual arts, and I have always been quite productive artistically. Before I drew and wrote a lot. The photo happened a bit by chance in my life, my Instagram account was personal at first and with time it became more and more artistic. I did all my photos with my phone, then one day my phone was stolen by boys in the street, and I had to invest in a real camera. This is where it really started…
The photos on your Instagram profile are very strong.
I am very inspired by the emotional troubles in general and also the passionate relationships between humans (love, hate, conflict, rupture…). I also like to create images about tolerance (against homophobia, racism, misogyny) but also about the societary facts that have taken an enormous place in our lives (internet, sex, food, various addictions… ). I also try to break down taboos such as menstruation, or sexual abuse (although with the “me too” movement, sexual abuse is less and less taboo). I get a lot of inspiration from my personal story (my complicated adolescence, the tragedies I’ve experienced) to try to talk to people who might have gone through the same things. On an artistic level, I am inspired by directors like David Lynch, Sofia Coppola or Gus Van Sant and on Instagram I am a fan of the photos of Signe Pierce and Witchoria.
Why love and sex are recurring themes? What do they represent for you?
Sex and love are ubiquitous in our lives and our society. They directly influence our happiness or our distress. I like working on passionate feelings, because in a love disorder a person can be very different from what she is normally, and I find it very interesting. Love and sex speak to everyone. For sex I like to stage it through toys or childish objects to show the gap between feeling still very young and being more and more quickly immersed in a world where sex is all over. When you are 14 years old for example, you are still a child on many points, and you find yourself surrounded by sex in the media, in college, in the stories of friends etc.
Are you in love?
I was still in love few weeks ago but I’m not anymore. But I live it rather well so it’s ok (at worst it will inspire me).
Do you have a specific rituals before a shooting?
I don’t really think about my pictures long before taking them. In general I see an object and the idea comes immediately and I take the picture, so it does not take much time and I have no particular ritual. By cons I like to listen to music I love in my headphones while I rework the photos before posting, because it gives me the feeling of being really in my bubble and it inspires me more.
Your first picture.
If you have the courage to go up my Instagram thread until the beginning, you will see that my first photos were personal photos with rather ugly filters. My first is that of a pub in my city. But my first real artistic photo that really marked me and of which I was proud, is a photo of my bathroom with colored lights that give it a fluo effect but scary at the same time, and with the words “I still love you” written on the bathtub.
What is the word/concept that you use most to customize your pics?
I think that at this moment what is recurrent in my photos are the toys, diverted to put in image facts or emotions. I try to play on the main sense of the objects by putting them in scene in relation to their function first, or by diverting them completely. And I try to convey some rather subversive, sad, or provocative messages through images that at first seem childish, colorful and joyful.
A photo for RedMilk could be…
I imagine a photo with blood-red milk in a rather innocent context, like a breakfast with childish dishes. I will think about that… ;)
Photos courtesy of the artist