Sidney Régis (b. 1979 in Guadeloupe), is a multidisciplinary artist based in Paris, France, and the founder of We Were Water & Air and Impact Through Art Foundation.
The past 25 years, Régis has worked with/in water as:
a world-class free diver (two national records),
an underwater dancer/actor (for "songs of sea" by Gregory Colbert),
a collaborator for scientific programs (working for international research with the CNRS),
and an artist.
Sidney observed that underwater photography was mostly limited to documentary photography and hardly to its artistic dimension: art history and photographic theories indeed only apply to less than half of our world, above sea level. This realisation triggered a 10 year long research to explore light, colour, perspective, movement, texture and time under the prism of water. His series Silent Light, Dark Side of Light and Dead Sea are the result of this journey, where water is the form, the object or the trajectory. Beyond the rereading of theories, Sidney also shows us what we cannot usually see and his poetic and conceptual works are an invitation to reengage with nature, environment and the others. For everything is interconnected.
His practice oscillates between complex processes (photoshoot while free diving, innovative photo printing, 3D printing…) and more intuitive ones (gently finishing the prints with a brush, or immersing the paper in various substances…).
In 2017 he created WE WERE WATER & AIR project: a transmedia and participative art project that aims to reconnect a large public to the essential: water and air.