Nos feux nous appartiennent (The Fires That Bind Us) gathers together different series that have been echoing each other. This collection explores the theme of the clan and by extension the concept of belonging, through the narratives that run through it and the remote imaginary places that family legends recount.
I come from a family of gardeners, landscapers, plant breeders, horticulturists, and florists. For five generations the men of my clan have organised space, and sought to maintain and discipline it. They have pruned trees, carried off and burned plant waste; kept a watchful eye over fires; towed away roots; raked the leaves of yards littered with gravel; planted hedges; delivered flowers; adorned funerals, baptisms, birthdays and weddings; and participated in all the rituals that shape lives. The scent of orange blossoms has a transfixing effect on our family. Its perfume leaves us stunned and brings to mind withered flowers, green moss, sheared stems, and rising sap.
Fire is the crux of this structure. It is a highly symbolic catalyst that acts as a rallying force. The landscapes of Armenia are made up of great charred deserts, military viewpoints that are depopulated of bellicose events. They are places of gunshots and lookouts, spots from which shots are fired. We see my brother’s soot-covered face
About the Artist:
Born in Valence in 1981, she lives and works between Crest and Lyon. After studying geography, literature and cinema, she graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photography in Arles in 2007. Since then she has shared her time between public commissions, teaching and personal research. She regularly participates in commissions around the territory and the landscape, notably for the Conservation of the Heritage of the Drôme and within the group of photographers Les Climats. She has exhibited her work in France and abroad.
About the Publisher:
Poursuite Éditions is a french publishing house focused on contemporary photography.