Illness, Photography, and Exile: The Photography of Alix Cléo Roubaud

Kathleen Morris


In recent years, Alix-Cléo Roubaud’s journal and photography has been met with a resurgence of interest in France, marked by exhibitions, publications, and theatrical interpretations. Despite the fact that she was Canadian, no similar degree of interest has ever occurred in Canada. The daughter of a diplomat, Roubaud lived a nomadic life, ultimately settling in France in her adulthood. She suffered from acute asthma for most of her life, and died from a pulmonary embolism at the age of thirty-one. This article draws attention to Roubaud’s work, aiming to introduce her oeuvre to a Canadian audience. I situate her photography in a feminist aesthetic of corporeality, but show how her illness informed her bodily representations, while also enabling her to explore the experience of that illness.


Alix-Cléo Roubaud; photography

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