The weave residency bought together 60 performance artists under the same roof for a week of improvisation and self discovery. Traditionally, our body movements and expressions are consciously or unconsciously tied to our gender performance. I wanted to blur those lines. These artists are using their bodies to express themselves and yet gender stereotypes are secondary in their expression - sometimes their gender identity is unclear, at other times their attitudes are countering our assimilated visions of what is male or female - I hope to push people to question these norms.
Weave Residency, Brussels, 2013
Human beings relationship to nature is curve like. That relationship expands over many years, as we develop the physical tools and maturity to explore the world outside our homes, to travel and to exist within the outside world. As we age, the ability to roam gradually leaves us until we are again confined to the inside, looking out. I shot this project with the residents of the Venta retirement home in Kuldiga, Latvia, 2015.
This project was an attempt to deal with a lot of the anger and upset caused by the debate over Gay mariage in my home country, France, at the tail end of 2013. A wave of fear and hate was directed at the LGBT community which seemed very at odds with my insider perspective of the community. X-why seeks to dispel the fear factor surrounding the queer community, showing that these subjects are out and proud and activists within their communities but also spend a lot of their lives just getting on with it, socialising and creating intimate connections that look very much like those that straight people create. The queer identity is sometimes empowering and it is occasionally difficult - but our right to form natural emotional bonds should never be questioned. With Lori & Yi Xing, Budapest, 2014
"Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you." Annie Dillard
Aire D'Autoroute, France
Rue de la Braie, Brussels, Belgium
Mont Aigoual, France
Parc Josaphat, Brussels, Belgium
During the summer of 2014, I set out as part of a trio to walk the famous ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’ hiking trail with draws a 10 day circuit (‘boucle’ in French) around the Mont Blanc glacier, taking walkers through valleys in France, Italy and Switzerland. Growing up, I spent all my holidays in the French Alps, close to the Italian border, and often walked trails in both these countries. Being in the mountains feels like coming home. I received my first camera during the summer of 1987 and my first photos are of these mountain ranges. I used a 35mm analog camera issued in 1987 for this project as a throw back to those days. I wanted to focus on the enormity of the geology and how, throughout time, man has created paths and refuges amongst these difficult landscapes for the sole purpose of making the discovery, and the crossing of them, possible. It’s one of the beautiful legacies of man.
Most people know of Charleroi as the Brussels "Ryanair" airport. In fact, Charleroi is the largest Walloon and third largest Belgian city (just over 200 000 inhabitants) but struggles economically (27% of the population earn less than €10,000 a year compared to 17% nationally). The infrastructure desperately needs updating, and the mix of rundown buildings and flashy neon lights is pretty grim. It was once a busy mining town which goes some way to explaining all of the above and which also accounts for the hordes of second and third generation Italians that pepper this area. This study, begun in 2012, is an ongoing look at the city and how it is seeking to reinvent itself as a modern, creative city, usefully sandwiched between Brussels and Paris and with a strong identity that can be repurposed to suit a younger generation, looking for cheaper living conditions.
Women’s rugby is not as visible as the men’s version of the game and is peppered with clichéed assumptions as a result. I was always drawn to the expressions on my team mates faces after games. A mixture of pride, strength, relief and exhaustion - and very feminine.
Members of the Brussels Barbarians, taken after division 2 league matches.