Célia Hay was born in 1991 in Marseille. Graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2016, and from Marseille-Méditerranée School of Art and Design in 2014, she lives and works between London and Marseille. Her work combining photography, film and installation has been presented in various art centers including the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, the Collection Lambert, PACT Zollverein in Essen, the Kyoto Art Center, La Friche la Belle de Mai and during ‘Plat(t)form 2016’ at the Fotomuseum Winterthur. 


Célia Hay’s work weaves links between image and performance. It sets up performative shooting processes, considering the realization of an image as the starting point of an interaction. She is indeed interested in what happens between individuals at the time of the shooting; the interaction of their bodies, the way in which they establish a deep and ephemeral relationship at this moment, in silence, the role and nature of the mental projections at work, the mixture of trust and tension. It orchestrates relationships, where the relation to the body is central. Her use of video between document and fiction is a way to prolong these encounters in time. 

There is a notion of fragile equilibrium intrinsic to the work of Célia Hay. Filming is used as a framework that it establishes and in which an event, perhaps an accident, can occur, in the manner of a mysterious ritual. Her images show people absorbed, caught in moments of waiting or wandering. She seeks something that escapes from them and that can not be fully grasped, an inner experience.

Célia Hay

Aphra and Aradia (2018) 


Duration 54 min, color 16/9

"Aphra, a young woman looking for her sister's ghost, goes to an island to meet a witch, Aradia. While she tries to convince the witch to perform a series of rituals, the two women form an unconventional bond. "