I started “Natten” after the release of my book “My Brother Guillaume and Sonia” (Journal, Sweden 2013) on the death of my brother and his girlfriend. I wanted and needed to change totally my way of taking pictures. I felt a pressing need to turn the camera towards myself. I needed to tame my new surroundings in Sweden. A place, in the middle of nowhere both geographicly and mentally.
I used my body as a farewell song and the camera as a shield against the pain caused by the death of my Brother and his Partner. I found in nature a way of re-poetising it, a place and a quiet calm where I could express the process of questioning what I had just been through. I recorded reality, expressed in its purest form, I scanned the things around me, the organic material, vegetable or minéral and dead animals I found on my expeditions. By using this means of recording reality in its pure expression, I found a different way of coming to grips with it.
Athens Photo Festival 2016
Margot Wallard (FR)
Duration: 9 June – 31 July, 2016
Venue: Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe
Opening hours: Thursday & Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00