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SEDIMENTATIONS



Oblivion leaves sediments too. On the surface of cities or in the depth of the sea. It may, in time become memory.


Sedimentation (ongoing since 2010)

The Mediterranean sea is the geological and intangible heritage of all identity sedimentations. Open basin or cosmopolitan diversity graveyard to three continents, Africa, Asia and Europe.

I walk & walk in my natural habitat, its mountains, rivers, seasides, forests, cities, islands...
My eyes are those of an urban 'geologist', but my gaze is erratic: I wander its landscapes as if self-exiled.
Sedimentations of songs, stories, myths, migrations & longings leave a trace behind my path, some visible and some hidden. 
From shore to shore, layout and stratification, alienation, raw fiction, the poetics of light and humor, all play their part in this narrative.


Statement

Since the beginning of my visual endeavour, I experienced the Mediterranean territory, as a refuge, but also as a field of possibilities.

The cradle of civilisations, the basin of the Mediterranean has been a place where diversity & cosmopolitism alternatively flourished & decayed. People are migrating from a place to another always for the same reasons, only direction changes, depending on each new conflict, or calamity.

My work attempts an exploration of those “waves” as they hit the shores, albeit outside the framework of History.

Wandering between those shores, when I have to define myself, I become a storyteller without a story...
I seek future and past catastrophes along the way.
I look for intersections, sedimentations, and evaporations in that upturning of depth that can be seen in the striated gap between realities, the reliefs of salt and stone, the canyons where rivers rush down towards the sea, the immemorial abyss of slowness that shows itself in the erosion and geology.
I mainly find it in the verticality of the metropolises, sinking in the chaos of urban space, running away through narrow trails on islands, on erupting mountains, on lethargic lakes, finding home in solitary ports and Faiyum portraits.

It is this notion of sedimentation that I would like to convey into this body of work through photography & walking, exploring bit by bit more of my natural habitat, where the only borders are dictated by its fauna and flora.











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Salina, Sicily



















Palermo, Sicily


















Ganci, Sicily


















Athens, Greece


















Palermo, Sicily


















Palermo, Sicily


















Athens, Greece


















Beirut, Lebanon


















Peristeri, Greece



















Larnaca, Cyprus



















Saida, Lebanon


















Palaio Faliro, Greece


















Palermo, Sicily


















Zouq Mkayel, Lebanon


















Tyre, Lebanon


















Borgo Fenicio, Ragusa, Sicily

















Mount Lebanon


















Patmos, Greece


















Motya, Sicily

















Matera, Italy


















Mani, Greece


















Athens, Greece


















Mondello, Sicily


















Salamina, Greece


















Lampedusa, Sicily


















Ramnounda, Greece






















Comiso, Sicily




















Nicosia, Sicily






















Al Judaydeh, Lebanon


















Marseilles, France
















Poetto, Sardegna


















Custonaci, Sicily

















Madonie, Sicily


















Cairo, Egypt


















Sounion, Greece



















Mesogeas Attiki, Greece

















Cairo, Egypt















Triopetra - Crete, Greece















Monte Carcaci, Sicily.

















Paranesti, Drama, Greece

















Alexandria, Egypt


















Pireaus, Greece


















Barcelona, Spain


















Pendeli, Greece


















Erice, Sicily



















Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily

















Beirut, Lebanon

















Alinta, Leros, Greece


















Beit Mery, Lebanon


















Favara, Sicily


















Agiàsos, Lesbos, Greece

















Selinunte, Sicily

















Cyrene, Cyprus


















Pireaus, Greece


















Cairo, Egypt

















Lampedusa, Italy

















Nea Makri, Attica, Greece



















Jounieh, Lebanon


















Faliro, Greece


















Palermo, Sicily


















Alexandria, Egypt



















Marathona, Greece


















Aannaya, Lebanon


















Salina, Italy


















Alexandria, Egypt


















Beirut, Lebanon


















Beit Mery, Lebanon


















Marathona, Greece


















Patras, Greece











exhibition


 
The Ones We Love - Viaduct gallery (Des Moines, USA 2014)






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