- This project is a tribute to my friend Foad who disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe. -
Cyanotypes prints disappearing progressively with the sunlight,
Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Greece, Germany, Denmark, France, 2011 - 2017.
“Having worked on numerous war zones, many of the friends I met in Iraq, Syria, or Afghanistan are now on the refugees route… Some arrived in Europe a few years ago, others never arrived and vanished at sea.
I follow their journey through the messages we regularly exchange.
I also remember the stories my grandmother used to tell me when I was younger, about her journey to North Africa, to leave from a Europe at war…”
Today, Europe, which has always been a land of ethnic and cultural exchanges, seems amnesic.
Emeric Lhuisset makes the choice to depart from these images belonging to the field of the news or of the spectacular, or miserabilist or even catastrophist. These impersonal images are too often used to justify populist discourses.
He decided to meet his refugee friends throughout Europe and to photograph their everyday life in all its banality.
These photographs will be printed on cyanotype and will not be fixed. They will evolve as the exhibit unfolds, and in the end will become blue monochromes… the blue of this sea in which so many vanish, but also the blue of Europe.