The link between self identity and otherness the body as a territory for exploration is at the heart of my photographic work.
Through my various series, I try to explore the notion of identity in its plurality (individual identity, collective, sexual …), an experiment according to Erik Erikson’s theory (psychoanalyst) the relationship between identity and otherness as inextricably linked to one another.
Each exists only when compared with the other, as opposed to another. In philosophy otherness is a concept that means “the character, the quality of what is other.”
In my images, to obtain an identity, the strength, the power, the fusion of two elements is essential. Sometimes it is 2 bodies whose borders are undefined, they melt and merge to obtain an emotional unit: two bodies becoming one.
When the subject poses alone, otherness can then be viewed from another perspective, that of the opposition of the subject (I, me) to another, “I” that is differentiated from “me.” The time factor playing an essential role. As time passes otherness increases. By the metamorphosis of the body, the “I” becomes “other”: I am not the person that I was.
Our society is constantly
pushing the boundaries of these physical changes through the intervention of cosmetic surgery while these natural changes due to physical or moral transformations are shaping the identity of
the human being by evolving his awareness of himself.
As the other opposes the identity, the characteristics of my approach are part of the duality : youth / old age, life / death, temporality, timelessness …
By detaching and extracting my model from his environment, I make all signs of belonging to a social class disappear whether, cultural or religious … as well as any reference to the period to
which he belongs.