“Historical revisionism makes a regular comeback, as does the trivialization of speeches with a fascist tendency. In this context, it seemed necessary for me to produce a new way of telling the story. That of the greatest genocide in Europe which turned the world upside down and the representation of what Man is capable of doing to Man when he is grappling with racial, xenophobic or anti-Semitic ideologies. ”
The exhibition includes 21 tree portraits from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp along with texts telling the story of the genocide and its denial through each of their locations. Certain trees were there 80 years ago, they are witnesses, alive, humble and silent of the mass slaughter and its negation.
Prints made by the author on Canson Rag Photographique 310gr paper laminated on Dibond, without frame, without glass, photographs in direct contact with the viewer, in all their vulnerability, like memory which, fragile, needs ” to be constantly updated to be preserved and passed on to future generations.
Photographer and Psychoanalyst, these two activities mutually enrich each other to shed light on his questions about human beings. Photographic practice leads him to capture in the present environment what echoes or resonates with past events, as so many elements inviting to deploy thought and imagination. To do this, he surveys historic places in order to capture subjective or overt manifestations, memorial sites, territories steeped in history, monuments, natural spaces or landscapes.
Stéphane Jacquemin : Les arbres de Birkenau
from January 12 to February 13, 2022
Chapelle Saint-Sulpice à Istres,13800 (Chemin de Tivoli)
Vernissage in the presence of the photographer Wednesday 12 at 6.30 p.m.
Guided tours Saturdays 15.01; 29.01; 12.02 at 2:30 p.m. (On reservation at 04 13 29 50 83)