Drawing and Memory
Free Public Lecture
Room 556, Level 5
The Vietnamese diaspora now counts more than two million people spread throughout the world. Who are they? What are their stories? With his graphic novel series Mémoires de Viet-Kieu/Vietnamese Memories, Clément Baloup, a French artist of Vietnamese heritage, set out to record the experiences and memories of several diasporic individuals now living in France (Quitter Saigon/Leaving Saigon, 2010), the United States (Little Saigon, 2016) and Taïwan (Les mariées de Taïwan/Brides of Taïwan, 2017). Relying less on photorealism than on a visual poetics, he paints an unforgettable portrait of bodies in motion and provides a unique visual representation of their life stories.
In his first public lecture in Australia, Clément Baloup will discuss his graphic work, motivation and creative process before showcasing his art. His talk will be followed by Q&A, book signing and light refreshments. A limited number of his books, recently translated into English, will be available for purchase.
Mr Clément Baloup
A graduate from Angoulême's prestigious BeauxArts Program, Clément Baloup is an acclaimed French graphic novelist based in Marseille. A founding member of La Maison qui pue, a collective of talented comics artists, Baloup is to date the author of some fifteen books, many of which take Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora as their central themes.