We had the pleasure of interviewing Parisian photographer, designer and artistic director Stéfanie Renoma @stefanierenoma, with whom we talked about her art, how she breaks the codes of “heavy femininity and framed masculinity” trough her photography and how does that help her express her ideas.
Wandering for almost twenty years in a rock-arty way through the paths of fashion, off the golden tracks of the showing-off, Stefanie Renoma places art and style at the core of her creative vision. Still very influenced by the mocking eroticism of these times conveying a message of freedom and humor, her work is permeated with these images that played a part in enriching her world. As a mirror effect or a shell game between heavy femininity and framed masculinity, here the codes are often being shattered. Androgyny -very present in her work- is not an approach but rather a self-assurance towards the opposite sex. A graduate from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Moderne and ESMOD, as well as a designer and artistic director, she now embarks on a new direction giving way to the imaginary, conveyed by photos and videos where symbolism and confusion of genders express her fascination with the experience of oneself facing one’s most intimate double.
Renoma claims to pour her whole heart and soul into each artwork to get the best of her, and that she really loves the art that comes from the heart. She translates this philosophy to every project she does. Regarding gender matters, she says she is able to play with anything she wants and one of her hobbies is to play with gender identity, to erase the thin line between both genders and find the androgyne part of everything.
I’m really far from this stigmatization of people by society, this is why I love my art because I’m free. I hate boxes, I hate rules.
She also told us a little bit about her next project, which is an art book named “Remember your future”, featuring three hundred pages of five years of her work and edited by Normal Magazine. We are sure it will be a really special piece of art as every single project she does is sublime and a book with her most special shots from five years of work will just be glorious!
As we love to do with all the people we interview, we love asking them to give a piece of advice to our readers and especially for those who want to start a career in the art industry, which we know it isn’t easy. In this case, Renoma told us a really deep and beautiful quote, useful for any creative profession.
You can find creativity and inspiration every day, everywhere, open your eyes, open your mind and your heart. Art is everywhere around you, stay connected.
Q: Your projects are breathtaking. What made you become a photographer and how were your first years? What do you like the most about your job?
A: I’ve been working as an art director for twenty years so one day I decided to become a photographer and give life to all my stories in my head.
Q: Which would you say is your creative vision that you reflect in your art? What does art mean to you?
A: Art to me is an expression of emotions, events, feelings, and words. As sayings go “a picture is worth a thousand words” but what’s more, an artwork that was created from the heart is priceless. This idea is what I hold in every artwork I do. I pour my heart and soul into each artwork to do my absolute best.
Q: The biography in your website says that you break the codes of “heavy femininity and framed masculinity” and that you often use eroticism and androgyny in your works. What do gender roles and gender identity mean to you? How do you think society has framed all our minds to think in a certain way and how are you trying to change that through your art?
A: I love photography because you can play with whatever you want and playing with gender, femininity and masculinity is my hobby. I never made a difference between males and females, for me soul has no gender. I don’t even consider myself as a woman or a man, it depends on my mood or my makeup. I’m really far from this stigmatization of people by society, this is why I love my art because I’m free. I hate boxes, I hate rules.
Q: Name some of your favorite projects and why. Can you tell us the story or symbolism of any project?
A: I don’t have a favorite project. As I said, every project that I make is about a story that I have in my mind. I create stories about dreams or nightmares.
Q: Which is your highest accomplishment?
A: To be free.
Q: How do you see yourself in a couple of years and what would you love to be doing?
A: I don’t even know what I’m gonna do tomorrow haha. But, I have so many projects that I wanna make, so many travels that I wanna do…
Q: Do you have any project coming soon? Tell us more about your art book.
A: My next project is coming really soon, and I’m so excited about it: My new art book “Remember your future” with three hundred pages of five years of work, edited by Normal Magazine. I can’t wait to show you guys!
Q: Do you have any advice for young photographers and artists who want to make a living out of their passion?
A: You can find creativity and inspiration every day, everywhere, open your eyes, open your mind and your heart. Art is everywhere around you, stay connected.
Exclusive interview for Vanity Teen online!