Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Rozenn Quéré
– Possible and Imaginary Lives
– Location: Parc Des Ateliers
This collection of photos is particularly unique because it tells the story of four sisters who are exiled to four different parts of the world. It is somewhere between documentary and fiction, biography and drama, based on family photographs and taped interviews.
This exhibition is a reflection upon ways of gathering information and making stories emerge. It is an attempt to convey the imagination of the four women, trying to give their imagination the same status as reality. The two photographers were not aiming to write their story, but to create their myth.
I thought this exhibition was interesting because our project in Arles could relate very well. We chose a concept, and it did not have to be complete reality. We tried to imagine a story or point to prove through photographs and would then pursue it, using friends as models or people off of the street to stage a photo.
I am personally not one to stage a photo myself, but this exhibition shows that it works if one has a brilliant idea in mind and a plan on how to create their vision and make others interested. The picture frames around each photo make the viewer feel that the story is real and that no part of it was produced from the minds of the photographers. The amount of photographs scattered throughout the exhibit made me feel as though I was in one of the sisters’ living rooms rather than an exhibit.