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In full confinement, Gabbie Burns reveals the connected portraits of thirty women.

The series “Les confinées” (“the confined”) tells the story of a pandemic where the only authorized social connection is a virtual connection. At a time when conscientious people are limited to vital outings, the importance of social networks is gaining momentum. Between solidarity and creativity, the internet is more than ever at the center of our lives.

In the ingredients that allowed me to give birth to this series we therefore find the virtual. Whether in the model’s approach, simple enigmatic survey proposing to participate in a different project, or in the course of the photo sessions. Unable to leave, I resumed the photo sessions via Facebook video calls. Unable to create photographs in real life, I photographed a computer screen. Capturing it with my camera gave me a unique aesthetic. A screen aesthetic: dependent on everyone’s internet network, marked by the frames and pixels of the computer suddenly revealed.

But the second ingredient is paradoxical vis-à-vis the image that everyone has of the virtual: the human. Locked in my house and in 7 days, I saw a handful of people I was already carrying in my heart, and I met around twenty fabulous strangers.

All of them opened the doors of their intimacy to me by allowing me to visit the places of their confinement, to enter with them, although virtually, in this place which will be their only place of life for an indefinite period. I have traveled more, I have met more, in one week than in the months preceding the confinement. Paradoxical, isn’t it?

But let’s not be surprised, the human is full of surprises. These women I photographed, I was amazed to see them involved in this project. We built together, chosen together, they offered me stagings, wacky ideas, magnificent places, hours of the day when they knew their home highlighted by light. In short, we have created …

… and today I am proud to say that “les confinées” is not the work of one, but of thirty-one women. Thanks to all.


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