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ELSA & JOHANNA

Who are these "people", if nothing but images and stories shaped by our own mind? Who are we, lost in the crowd, if nothing but spectra, irradiated by the look of other’s people eyes?

This project aims at confronting the spectator to his own projection system. This visual journey where the spirit appeals to what he knew before, this inner circuit where everything communicate and bounce mysteriously.

It is composed today of more than 80 portraits where we assume simultaneously the role of the photographer and the model. The plurality of those young people, all embodied by us, appeals to the collective imaginary.

The strange familiarity of their faces interfered as the memory of a meeting. Met in the street, near a football stadium, sat on a bench, they are the witnesses of a passage, maybe yours.

Then, 23 micro-movies are added in which we make the characters of the pictures live. Those ones are the springboards of a drift where the imagination gives way to the narration. They become the actors of a “dumb” movie or almost... Where this “other one” embodied comes to light beyond its “image”. Moved by the gesture, bodies get loose from what exactly reimbursed them. Their reactions, interactions, their “lives” surprise maybe the image we had of them, or on the contrary, are deliciously expected.

The photos, taken in their typological shape (not naturalist) lead a distance between the observer and the subjects, which are represented only as image. On the contrary, the image in movement provides to the same subjects a new fragility, humanity. These two approaches both carry each other. Sometimes, they give voices to the image as stereotype, which is extends by the one who observes it, sometimes to the body, which in an extract of life, fills up of sensibility, look and expression.

We reconstitute here the archives of an ordinary youth that invites us to the wandering of its everyday life.

Elsa & Johanna, A Couple of Them 92, 2014-16, Color print on Baryté paper, 90 x 63 cm
Elsa & Johanna, A Couple of Them 92, 2014-16, Color print on Baryté paper, 90 x 63 cm
Elsa & Johanna, A Couple of Them 92, 2014-16, Color print on Baryté paper, 90 x 63 cm
Elsa & Johanna, A Couple of Them 92, 2014-16, Color print on Baryté paper, 90 x 63 cm
Elsa & Johanna, A Couple of Them 92, 2014-16, Color print on Baryté paper, 90 x 63 cm
Elsa & Johanna, A Couple of Them 92, 2014-16, Color print on Baryté paper, 90 x 63 cm