Julien Bonnin- Photographer
The project Relics represents a visual exploration into the processes of dissemination and preservation concerning found materials and archival pictures.
In that regard, it focuses on the inherent capacity of the photographic medium to generate vernacular imagery and alternative narratives, that can construct or alter Reality and therefore border with the mythical.
A place like Beirut, torn between its traumatic past and its race for modernity, embodies the metaphor of the ‘image-ruin’. The city itself, the gaping scars of the aftermath bore by the abandoned buildings, the inhabitants or the traces of their existence; all convey and revive a moment that collapsed, was hidden or buried.
It is these glimpses and their persistence that I am trying to grasp, to investigate their aura and the almost mythical aspect of their circulation, both in term of time and heritage; a process initiated with the manipulation, the re-organization of the archive and of found photographs, to summon new voices and new stories.