Anne-Francoise Giraud: Creativity in a Time of Crisis
Updated: May 1
How has this pandemic affected you and your creative output? How are you adapting to the new realities?
At the beginning of the pandemic, I felt paralysed; it was difficult for me to find energy to create. CARAVAN’s request for this interview came just on time, as it gave me an opportunity to let something new arise, in connection with this given context. I practice collage and this way of creation heals me; it is like a meditation, as it gathers broken fragments and brings them into unity.
Please share any insights you have learned from this “lockdown/self-isolation”? Also, is there a special role you feel artists can play in response to the pandemic?
More than ever we need beauty, and in this reduced space we have to find it just around us without running around the world. Our eyesight needs to become all the more focused, toward capturing every small thing. I have been wondering how we can access both immensity and movement. As artists, we have the means to find ways to express ourselves, and our role is to open windows for people who are not as easily able to do that for themselves.
How do you think this will affect artists, the artworld and how people interact with art? How do you feel this crisis might reshape our societies in general?
Art is made to be shared, and with this crisis the way to do it will without doubt be affected. We will need to re-imagine how to present to the public in new ways, other than galleries and museums, such as in hospitals, schools, and streets, etc. While having less commercial benefit, it will by its very nature have greater authenticity.
Anne-Françoise Giraud is a French artist who lives now in Lyon, France. She lived previously in Egypt, and has participated in exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Her creations are born from motion, and dance, one of her other passions. Her artwork also reflects her many travels, like a thread linking these different experiences. She tries to poetically represent the world around her, between dreams and reality, where harmony and balance are combined.