Based in Dakar, Senegal, Helene Caux is deeply involved in documentary and social photography. Her work mainly focuses on displaced populations and minority communities, including women and children as well as sexual minorities. She is particularly interested in documenting the physical and psychological consequences of wars, abuses, or minority status, as well as the creative mechanisms developed by human beings to overcome traumatic experiences such as exile.
Helene worked for a refugee agency for over 15 years, using photography and writing, among other mediums, as a tool to report on humanitarian issues in Kosovo, Chad, the Central African Republic, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, and Pakistan. From her extensive travels and enriching encounters emerged the confirmation of her vital need to wander freely and experience the unexpected. She is presently on sabbatical to focus on her photography.
She initially worked as a radio journalist and producer in the USA, France and Belgium. She graduated from the Institut Pratique de Journalisme in Paris and also holds a Master’s Degree in American History from Paris I-La Sorbonne University. She attended photo classes at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
April 2019: Medina Memoria. Dakar Women’s group, Place du Souvenir, Dakar.
March 2019: Male Worlds: the tanners of Niger and the wrestlers of Senegal. Regards sur Cours, Gorée island, Dakar.
March – April 2019: (Sur)-Vivantes. For International Women’s Day celebrations, Musée de la Femme Henriette Bathily, Dakar.
December 2018 – January 2019: Medina Memoria. Villa des Arts (Partcours 7) and Petit Musée, Dakar.
May – June 2018: In the footsteps of Harakoye: wandering along the Niger River. Loman Art House Gallery, OFF Dakar Contemporary Art Biennale.
June 2014: Refugees; Maison de la culture Douta Seck, Dakar, for World Refugee Day events.
2007 to 2010: DarfurDarfur multimedia group exhibits worldwide including at The Jewish Museum, Berlin; the George Eastman House, Rochester; the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Ortakoy Square, Istanbul.
2005 to 2007: Surviving Darfur; National Geographic Explorer Hall and the Senate Rotunda, Washington DC; World Affairs Council of northern California, San Fransisco; Muhamed Ali Center, Louisville; International Institute of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Oct 2003 to Nov 2004: The Freedom of movement train, a multiethnic Kosovo journey. Moving Walls grant, Open Society Institute, New York and Washington DC. https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/moving-walls/8/freedom-movement-train-multiethnic-kosovoa-journey
The Guardian, International Herald Tribune, Self magazine, Seventeen Magazine, La Vie, UNHCR Refugee Magazine, UNHCR website
– Klavdij Sluban, Le Masterklass, www.lemasterklass.com, Paris, December 2017 to November 2018.
– Claudine Doury, Eyes in Progress, Paris, November 2018
– MAPS workshop with Gael Turine, Dominic Nahr, Cedric Gerbehaye, Brussels, October 2018.
– Paulo Nozolino, Rencontres photographiques d’Arles, April 2017.
– Ludovic Carème, Rencontres photographiques d’Arles, July 2016.