The health crisis has exacerbated family difficulties, leading to an increase in breakups, especially in vulnerable households. In France, the average age of independence is 27, whereas child protection ends at 18, creating a period of vulnerability for many young people. Despite the government’s acknowledgment of this injustice, precariousness remains a reality for many, with 40% of the homeless under 25 coming from Child Welfare Assistance. Anaïs Oudart focused on young women aged 18 to 25 who experienced family breakups. She wanted to bear witness to their struggles transitioning into adulthood, often marked by housing insecurity and a lack of support. Some manage to overcome these challenges, turning towards child protection. Oudart created a series of portraits reflecting these turbulent childhoods. In 2022, she collaborated with seven child assistance and emergency housing organizations to meet these women across France. She allowed them to choose the location and manner in which they wanted to be depicted, highlighting their strength and resilience. Her work pays tribute to these women, with the number 17 being a reference to the critical age for many breakup cases.
Anaïs Oudart, a Paris-based photographer, explores the fragility of human relationships through her work. Winner of several grants in 2022, including one from the Ministry of Culture for her series “Heroines 17” and one from CNAP for her series on rape as a weapon of war in Congo, her work condemns violence and celebrates resilience. She was also recognized for her work on sexual violence in Ukraine. Oudart operates between the world of NGOs, such as Doctors of the World, and the luxury sector, having worked for Céline (LVMH). She honed her dual skills in studio and fieldwork at Studio Rouchon, collaborating with renowned photographers.
Graduating with a degree in Modern Literature from the University of Western Brittany, and in Theatrical Studies and International Artistic Cooperation from the University of Paris VIII, she initially worked as a production and programming manager for several film and photography festivals (La CITA in Biarritz, Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, Filmar en América Latina in Geneva, Images au Centre in Paris). In 2002, she moved to Central America to conduct research on the history of audiovisual and photographic productions in the isthmus. This study led to a retrospective at the Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes the following year.
She joined Magnum Photos in 2005 as a coordinator and later as an exhibition manager. At Magnum Photos, she developed cultural projects in France, Southern Europe, and Latin America. Following the logical progression of her curatorial activities, and with the desire to promote new artists, she established Fovearts in 2015 with the aim of undertaking new missions in support, creation, and production. She also conducts professional workshops in France and abroad.
Since October 2021, she has been the mission head for contemporary photography within the Department of Prints and Photography at the French National Library, where she oversees the Grand Commande for photojournalism initiated by the Ministry of Culture and managed by the BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France).