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To Be Miles Away

These images were made in collaboration with the children of the Reception Center for Asylum Seekers. In a workshop space open to the residents, Maroussia Prignot and Valerio Alvarez installed a makeshift studio that was remade on each visit with a few blue sheets of paper as background on the wall, a flash, and a chair. They photographed those willing, directly printing their portrait, then invited each person to intervene on their image with marker pens or pastels. The idea was to give the participants the floor and to invite them to appropriate their image, and to co-construct a representation.
Photographs of the places and daily life were also proposed to them, so that the workshop participants could seize them, transform them, give them a continuity, or, on the contrary, create a rupture with the reality of the place.