2011 - 2013
Since the Schengen Agreement, implemented by France in 1995, and which provide for the free movement of persons and goods within the borders of the signatory countries of the area, the boundaries of my country have become vague.
It became for me and over me, a broken line, and a porous, blurred area.
The first Arab revolutions from April 2011, with Tunisian migrants landing on the Italian coast, and the Schengen agreements modified in a hurry, remind me of these notions of boundaries and the actual existence of these limits.
I can then represent me gradually a mental map of France.
However, the contours remain imprecise.
I then need to approach these lines, go to the edge of the territory.
The very fact of position myself on the frontiers of France helps me to redefine its limits, and remind me of their existence.
This wonders me about the real limits of a territory (natural, legal...), its interior, its exterior, and the possibility of crossing them.
Then, how to make sensible and perceptible, with image, this sensation of "the end of the end" of a land and the existence of these limits?
Go to strategic places on French borders (some border crossings, the extreme point of continental France and its "international tripoints"), and understand these limitations.
Record, through photography, from these positions, the different points of views, inside and outside and be able to say "Here, I am on the edge of the territory."