Frédéric Nauczyciel is a French artist who works between Paris and the US with photography, video, and performance. Throughout his practice, he has explored the complexity of social life, be it rural or urban. He employs a nuanced type of portraiture that treats his protagonists in the context of the fabric of their surroundings.
His most recent project, The Fire Flies, explores the underground black culture of voguing in the ghettos of Baltimore and Paris. He was moved by the poetics of survival that he encountered—Black American and French homosexuals and transsexuals who invent themselves through performance. In voguing competitions, high importance is given to realness, the ability to embody wildly different personas, a practice which often continues into performers’ daily lives. Nauczyciel emphasizes this expanded meaning of performance with his images vivantes, asserting that the very ability to project yourself into the world is what makes you real.
He has exhibited internationally, including at Galerie Olivier Robert in Paris, Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Besançon, Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Rencontres Internationales de Photographie of Arles, Musée de la Chasse in Paris, and Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona. He was invited to stage a workshop and present The Fire Flies, Baltimore at The Centre Pompidou in Paris in October 2013.