Marie-Hélène Villierme – Tahiti
Photographer, film maker.
Marie-Hélène is an award winning Polynesian photographer and film maker with Italian and Tahitian ancestry. Having grown up in Tahiti, she left at the age of 18 to study fine arts in France, and photography in Brussels. After her return to Tahiti in 1990, she began to concentrate on black and white photography.
Her first publication, Tata’u: Maohi Tatoo (1992), documents the rebirth of Polynesian tattoo at the beginning of the 1990’s. In 1996 she published Faces of Polynesia, a collection of photographs and conversation extracts featuring themes of memory and loss of traditional values among French Polynesians in the face of globalization.
Her 2005 book, Tangata. Une communauté polynésienne íles des Tuamotu et Gambier presents scenes of daily life and festive gatherings in the Tuamotu and Gambier archipelago.
Her 2012 feature film Pouvanaa te Metua – The People’s Voice, won the Prix du public at FIFO in Tahiti, and in March 2013, she published Witness of the bomb – Memoirs of 30 years of nuclear tests, a work featuring photographs and interviews made in collaboration with the journalist Arnaud Hudelot.
For ArtSpeak, Marie-Hélène has submitted her film The Paths of Creation (2006), a feature-length documentary with dancers, musicians and artists in preparation for the annual Heiva, Polynesian dance competition in Tahiti. This work was selected for FIFO – Tahiti, in 2007, and was a finalist at the 2009 Présence autochtone, in Montréal.
Marie-Hélène Villierme (2003). Water games. Fakarava, [Photograph]. 15,8 x 15,8 inches
Marie-Hélène Villierme (1997). Three angels. Bicentenary of the Evangalization in Tahiti. [Photograph]. 15,8 x 15,8 inches
Marie-Hélène Villierme (2003). Javelin thrower #1. Fakarava, [Photograph]. 15,8 x 19,7 inches
Marie-Hélène Villierme (1996). Pouira, fisherman. Tahiti. [Photograph]. 15,8 x 15,8 inches