Hauteville House, Victor Hugo's Exile Home, Guernsey

Céline Micout settled in Guernsey in 1997 to work at Hauteville House, Victor Hugo’s House of Exile in Guernsey, at first as part of the administration team of the museum/house. Currently she is engaged into doctorate research in History on the personal library of Victor Hugo, on the author's reading objects and practises, the first step of which was to catalogue the whole collection preserved at the House (with more than 9000 items).

If Guernsey, Hauteville House and Victor Hugo’s books were and are personally and academically very stimulating, they also feed Céline’s inspiration as a long-term photographer. While working within Hauteville House’s walls, she took a lot of shots, a selection of which is presented on this site.

Her work shows what she is interested in: establishing a close relationship to the object, observing in details its texture and material, its imperfections, the way in which it reacts to light and shade. However she generally allows the observer to breathe and escape thanks to outlying and thus open framings. She tries to capture the gentle play between drafts and fabrics, serenity, unique moments and atmospheres.

Some of these photographs were exhibited in May 2006 at The Gallery, The Grange, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, as part of the International Artist in Residence Programme.

Céline would like to thank Danielle Molinari, Odile Blanchette, Yvette Prigent and everybody at Hauteville House, Lionel Bignon, Véronique Bascoul, Joanna Littlejohns, Eric Snell and everybody at the Grange House, John Fitzgerald, Ian Johnson, Shaun Duggan, Henry, Carine, Sylvie, Emmanuelle, Stéphane and Carol.

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