Bronzage, Camille Yvert
“Sophrosyne, which allows all self-control, wisdom and moderation, encourages temperance, in other words, the perfect balance between passion and the rational mind. The idea of a “temperate” internal climate is in line with current trends. According to the adage Men sana in corpore sano (From latin, “A healthy mind in a healthy body”), sun, physical well-being and vitamins are all new values sought to support the individual in their personal development. Bains de mer, bains de rêves (sea baths, dream baths) as Paul Morand wrote, must help to improve, transform themselves by demanding the slightest effort. With the help of a balanced mind and well-dosed food supplements, the soft flesh seeks the miracle recipe to accompany the body in its infernal rhythms, seeking to make it pass from the status of human to superhuman. In other words, to a more efficient individual. In question are the ambitions of a society seeking out a way to produce the most while hoping to do the least. The idea of internal prosperity seems more and more incompatible with one's increasing productive capacity. The optimised body is not a new utopia, but rather the continuity of a genre that springs from a body appearing particularly slow in its environment.”
Camille Yvert (b.Paris, France, 1988) lives and works in London. Her practice spans sculpture and publishing to explore our innate ability to adapt under extreme dogmas of efficiency in postindustrial societies. Her work looks at this phenomenon through the alienation of the body in an architecture dominated by impermanent materials.
In 2018, she received her M.FA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art. From 2019 to 2020 she was the artist in residence at the Harlow Art Trust. She has held exhibitions at South London Gallery, New Contemporaries, London; Seventeen Gallery, London; Weserhalle, Berlin; Desfour Palace, Prague and Bredgade Kunsthandel, Copenhagen.