Agathe Catel is a polyglot artist and photographer born in Céret, South of France.
She discovered photography when she was about ten years old during a short practice with the photograph of her village. Since then she has not stopped photographing the world. With the years, she discovered that she would see things differently from others people, which gave her confidence to carry on taking pictures and cultivate her passion for this art.
She first dedicated to cultural studies. After having worked for several years as a translator and language teacher (French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese and English), she began to dedicate herself to photography. As a self-taught photographer she travelled worldwide and lived abroad many years (Spain, England, Italy, Brazil and Madagascar) which enhanced her interest for people and their differences.
« What I am looking for, is simply beauty. Beauty in humanism. Besides the fact that my work can carry anthropological issues, I consider myself as an artist above all, not a journalist. I wish to dedicate my life to extract the beauty of every person I encounter on my way, and keep traveling the world while learning about humans and life. I focused on Circus because, as a translator, I discovered that the Circus is the privileged place of multiculturalism, and because, as a human, I found that in the Circus, the alterity is exacerbated. The artists are the others, those who are different, and I want to show that difference is richness and beauty. »
Currently she lives in Montpellier.
Ainsi elle va, elle court, elle cherche. Que cherche-t’elle? A coup sûr, cette femme, telle que je l’ai dépeinte, cette solitaire douée d’une imagination active, toujours voyageant à travers le grand désert d’hommes, a un but plus élevé que celui d’une pure flâneuse, un but plus général, autre que le plaisir fugitif de la circonstance. Elle cherche ce quelque chose qu’on nous permettra d’appeler modernité ; car il ne se présente pas de meilleur mot pour exprimer l’idée en question. Il s’agit, pour elle, de dégager de la mode ce qu’elle peut contenir de poétique dans l’historique, de tirer l’éternel du transitoire. »
Master Mundus Crossways in European Humanities, 2010 Università degli studi di Bergamo
Degree in Translation and Interpretation Degree, 2007 Univesidad Autónoma de Barcelona
Degree in Hispanic Cultural Studies, 2005 Université Via Domitia de Perpignan
2017, February: Pierrot Men‘s workshop, Fianarantosa, Madagascar.
2013, November: Renzo Gostoli‘s workshop, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2012, December: Nathan Horthon‘s workshop, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2017 : « Derrière le rideau », behind the scene of National Cuban Circus, Bar à Photo, Montpellier.
2016: « Derrière le rideau », Festival Visa Off pour l’Image 2015, Perpignan.
2015: « La félinitude », La Caixeta, Puigcerdà (Spain).
2014: « Unir-Rio », brazilian project Unicirco, Festival Bouillon de Culture, Saillagouse.
2017: Selection at SF Camera Work by the jury including Linde Lehtinen (SF Moma) for the exhibition « Circus » in San Francisco.
2016: First prize at the Festival Visa Off pour l’Image for the exhibition on National Cuban Circus, « Derrière le rideau ».
2015: Seventh prize at the Havana Times Award for the picture « Vivre avec son temps ».