L'autre Rive

By Emeric Lhuisset

"This project is a tribute to my friend Foad who disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe. The work is comprised of a collection of cyanotype prints which are progressively disappearing as they are exposed to sunlight.

Having worked in numerous war zones, many of the friends I met in Iraq, Syria, or Afghanistan are now on the refugee 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, leaving 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 photograph their everyday life in all its banality.


Emeric Lhuisset's photographs disappearing.Mediterranea Young Artists Biennale (curators Driant Zeneli, Maja Ciric, Daniele De Luigi), Young Center, Tirana, Albania.