Today opens at Science Po Lille (Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille) an exhibition that I have been working on for a few months and which will expand and develop over the next three years, via the INFOCON-Project, steered by the Internationalist Foundation
“Here and There” is seeking a better understanding of the relationship between diaspora communities and their home counties sometimes affected by conflicts or tensions, internal or external. This exhibit is part of the first of three conference cycles organized via the INFOCON project in order to better disseminate the findings and trends the research has so far laid out. The is therefore the debut of an exploration, a project very close to the people, their emotions and sometimes their sensitivities. It promises to bring great photographic result, maybe with only subtle visual impact, but most importantly with deep, personal perspectives on human beings, their experiences and their evolution moving across borders in our ever more integrated world. I have thus explored various Diasporas in London and abroad and will continue to work with them in the next two years along with the academic research being carried on. With the help of close friends in London, I have been able to get in touch with Rwandas, Iraqis, Kurds, Moldovan and, with the help of my great friend and colleague Renaud Philippe from Stigmat Photo, with various actors of the Tibetan community in London and India.
As this is an evolving project you are very much encouraged to leave comments and suggestions hereafter.
* The exhibit will be on display at Science Po Lille until May the 14th, the conference taking place on the 6th and 7th.