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Juliette Treillet



At the beginning of this photographic work I was interested in the double meaning of the term “Foyer” and its ambivalence in French. On the one hand, the family home, protective and reassuring. And on the other side the destructive home, that of fire, the one that ravages and destroys. I felt that this term resonated with me in a particular way and that it was very much linked to the construction of my identity.

In fact, when I turned 7, my family was devastated by an accident due to a fire. This accident radically changed our lives and marked a very strong rupture both within the home and with the low mountain territory where we lived.

For this project, I decided 15 years later to return to this village where I had grown up to try to understand this violence that marked my childhood and to recreate a dialogue with this territory. I found myself confronted with the force of narration and projection so particular of these spaces which are blunt landscapes, abrupt and imbued with a great beauty. The villages one finds there hide, under their bucolic postcard airs, a rough character and tenacious scars. There is a lingering harshness in relationships and social relationships. But it is also a landscape where personal projection is possible. At the time, I did not understand everything my family was going through and over the years a great veil of incomprehension has been deposited between me and this accident. This veil then makes it possible to approach these spaces by letting myself be guided by my unconscious, by my personal projections and by my fantasies which in 15 years have come to fill the gaps in understanding of this event.

Juliette Treillet

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