In conversation with

Clément Baloup

Join us for a very special encounter with award-winning graphic novelist, Clément Baloup, to discuss fine art, comic books, and the Vietnamese diaspora with Dr. Tess Do, Lecturer in French Studies at The University of Melbourne.
Tuesday 17 September, 6:30pm to 8pm
Alliance Française, 51 Grey St, St Kilda 


Award-winning graphic novelist Clément Baloup was destined to be a story teller
: born to a French mother and Vietnamese father, he spent much of his childhood travelling between Europe, Polynesia and South America. Having studied fine art in the comic book capital of Angouleme, as well as in Hanoi, Baloup’s artistic approach is highly unique and draws largely from these early experiences as well as his own roots: taking inspiration from his father’s immigration to France, and the Vietnamese diaspora. His work is a striking combination of insightful and powerful reflections about Vietnamese issues in an art form that is unequivocally French – la bande dessinée.

During this open discussion with Dr. Tess Do, Clément will talk about his career as a graphic novelist and his artistic process, as well as what it means to be Franco-Vietnamese.


Clément Baloup was born in 1978 and spent much of his childhood travelling between Europe, Polynesia and South America with his French mother and Vietnamese father. After studying design in Marseille, he joined the Fine Arts School of Angouleme – known as the comic book capital – before attending a fine art school in Hanoi. Inspired by his experiences in the Vietnamese capital, Clément wrote his first graphic novel Autumn in Hanoi followed by Chinh Tri, set in the French colonial empire. His graphic memoir Mémoires de Viet kieu, which focuses on Asian immigration issues, received widespread acclaim and won several awards. His original artwork has been acquired as part of several private collections in Marseille, Paris, Brussels, Dubai and London and for public collections at the Palais de la Porte Dorée and the BMVR de L’Alcazar.



Tess Do started her academic career at Griffith University and the University of Queensland – where she completed her postdoctoral study – before joining the French Department at the University of Melbourne in 2001. She has published articles and book chapters on Linda Lê, Anna Moï, Thanh-Van Tran-Nhut, Azouz Begag, Béatrix Beck (France), Jean Vanmai (New Caledonia), Le Hoang (film director, Vietnam). Her current research focuses on crime fiction and the areas of food and cultural heritage, in particular, the role food, war and memory play in the post-colonial migrant experience (Kim Thuy, Nam Lê).   

Take home a signed copy... 

A selection of Clément Baloup’s books will be available for purchase at the event, and there will be time for book signing after the discussion.



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