Anouk Chambaz


(Losanna, 1993) she explores the poetics and politics of the moving image and sound. Chambaz’s practice articulates through the observation and experience of time, testifying to the encounters among forms of life and socio-geological landscapes, questioning their conventional narratives. After completing her degree in cinema and philosophy in Losanna and Rome, the artist specialized with a postgraduate master (MOVIES – Moving Images Arts) in Venice. In 2022 she participated in the residential program Prender-si cura at Mattatoio (Rome) and she is a finalist at ArteVisione LAB promoted by Careof (Milano). She also won the video category at Premio Combat Prize. Her works have been exhibited at various institutions, including Museo Novecento and Palazzo Vecchio (Florence), Südtiroler Kunstlerbund (Bolzano), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), Macro (Rome), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco).


La mia risata è una cascata, 2023

HD video, color, sound
2:42 min

The work reflects upon laughing as a gesture that has been denied to women for centuries. While patriarchy strongly repressed this expression of freedom, confining it to the silence of clamped lips, in Chambaz’s work, women’s laughter becomes a gesture of collective resistance, contagious and joyful, as well as tumultuous like a waterfall. The group DonneXStrada – a support network against violence towards women – embodies various famous protagonists of the second wave of feminism: Angela Davis, Françoise d’Eaubonne, Gisèle Halimi, Carla Lonzi, Audre Lorde, Helke Sander and Simone Veil. Women’s laughter, often discredited as quarrels and chatter, is here re-claimed by the artist as a tool of interpersonal exchange, shared knowledge, and gender consciousness.

Anouk Chambaz, La mia risata è una cascata (2023) - Stille frame
Anouk Chambaz, La mia risata è una cascata (2023) - Stille frame
La mia risata è una cascata – excerpt