Joséphine Wister Faure
French-American artist, Joséphine Wister Faure (born 1973, Paris, France) graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts of Paris. She has had several solo exhibitions at Until Then, Paris; Keystone Art Space, Los Angeles, CA; Denk Gallery, Los Angeles CA and Silencio Club, Paris. She has also taken part in various group exhibitions at Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris; Locust Art projects, Miami FL; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance CA, Brand Library Art Center, Glendale CA; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and Neues Museum, Berlin.
She lives and works both in Los Angeles and in Paris.
In 2015, a few days after the terrorist attacks in Paris where most of my family lives, I was in my studio in Los Angeles weighed down with doubts about my current piece in the making. Being an artist can be a solitary experience and I specifically remember asking myself; What am I doing? What am I creating? I told myself that I should be in the forefront of all the battles in the world, helping my peers. That moment, I cried and a long steady stream of tears flooded my studio. That day, I created the Weeping Wall.
Walls hear and see things, they are the witnesses of what happens behind closed doors. They carry the hardship of a community, struggling to live side by side. Walls are at the center of so many political debates today.
I created this installation to invite people to ponder on how cathartic and necessary crying can be and find empathy for those who do.