Born in 1989, Pauline Rousseau graduated from the Ecole du Louvre in 2012 and the National School of Photography, ENSP Arles, in 2016. The same year, she won a grant to do an art residency at the International Center of Photography in New-York City. She is also the winner of the Carte Blanche du PSG and she is nominated for La Bourse du Talent de la BNF (Award from the French National Library). From 2014 to 2019, she has taken part of different art residencies : Carpe Diem Art Center of Lisbon in 2014, the Studio Vortex with Antoine d’Agata in 2015, the Museum of Draguignan and was commissioned by the National Center for Scientific Research in Niger in 2018.
Since 2016, her work was exhibited at Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie of Arles, the Agnès b galery’s in Paris, the Fondation Yvon Lambert in Avignon, the french Institute of Singapore, and projected at Le Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In 2018 she published two books with Dilecta. In addition to her artistic work, she carries out theorical researches on gender studies and feminism. She was invited to talk about it in different places such as the Conteporary Museum of Bordeaux, the Rodin Museum in Paris, Radio France Internationale and France Culture.
With audacity and irony, the work of Pauline Rousseau questions the relationship between model and photographer. Her creative process is like performing, it implies encountering, speaking, negotiating with models. It asks what taking pictures means, and questions the thin line between reality and fiction, between reality and fantasy.