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VENUSIA - art video work

romain claris

pro member
This is with great pleasure that I share today the poster of my latest art video work VENUSIA that was recently awarded Best experimental at Amsterdam World International Film Festival.

VENUSIA is a short film created for the photography and video exhibition "Fragments" by Nicolas Claris & Romain Claris.
For the very first time, Nicolas Claris expresses himself in black and white, questioning his fragmented memory to reveal a puzzle that can only remain incomplete. At the same time, Romain Claris draws his inspiration from the oldest known Greek sculpture of Aphrodite, while questioning the ability of artificial intelligence to create true beauty.

VENUS.IA - A reflection on beauty.
Today, AIs (Artificial Intelligences) generate new faces and "perfect" bodies on command. Everyone can choose their own enhanced, typified, smoothed image.
VENUS.IA was inspired by Praxiteles' Aphrodite in Cnidus, considered to be the first female nude in the history of art and the first aesthetic canon.
Constructed like a jigsaw puzzle, the shots try to fit together like an AI looking for images to analyze. The film focuses on the movement of each body part as it seeks out another to form a coherent whole. If the weakest element determines the quality of the whole, if every piece, every shot of this puzzle is objectively beautiful... shouldn't that make for a beautiful whole?
But perhaps part of the beauty lies in the interstice, in the in-between, in the search itself. For as soon as the pieces are all in place and fit together, ready to embody this "beauty", something seems to get lost, the magic slips away.
Shouldn't beauty remain in motion, so that everyone can be invited to their own subjectivity? Shouldn't we continue to build, to seek, to invent our own beauty, and free ourselves from these imposed aesthetic canons?

3 min 10 - 2024

Have a look on the teaser :)


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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
It’s Wonderful and so original, Romain.

It also shows the description of womanhood entails a lot of understanding of many subjects; from language and biology to beauty and dreams!

Thanks for sharing.

Can we have a link to the entire movie?


romain claris

pro member
Dear Asher,
Thank you for your words. The shooting was done with my dad Nicolas Claris that was also inspired with puzzles. We did work one day with the model to provide photo & film. Our work will be showcased as a photo & video exhibition "Fragments" for the next BAD+ event in Bordeaux (Bordeaux Art Design) next May/June
The entire short will be available as soon as the it will has finished to run into international film festivals. I'll keep you posted !