Mathieu Menard – Femmes de la Halte
With an identical artistic protocol for each triptych, the Femmes de la Halte series highlights women who are usually “invisible” in portraits where they reveal themselves little by little with modesty and dignity. These women who first show themselves from behind are the women who live on the streets and who are usually not seen. For security they hide. In the evening, they come to the women’s shelter to recharge their batteries, to rest. They are supported and helped there to move towards a sustainable housing solution and a new life.
Today, these women are unveiling themselves, posing in front of the public. In these triptychs, they show their personalities and their faces by revealing themselves in three ways: from behind, from the front and through an object that is dear to them. Among these “Women of the Shelter”, there are also those who every evening, are there to welcome those who are accommodated, those who listen: the social workers. They also lent themselves to the exercise of the three-part portrait, because all these women have something to show, to tell about themselves that the others do not know.
After a first professional life as an art editor, Mathieu Menard, born in 1986 in Brittany, chose to focus on photography and to center his aesthetic research on a documentary approach. Under the leadership of Julien Daniel from the MYOP agency and Guillaume Herbaut, documentary photographer, he followed a professional training course dedicated to photojournalism at EMI-CFD. He joined the Studio Hans Lucas and the Millenium Images Agency in 2018. Photography allows him to materialize his commitment by giving him the opportunity to meet people, territories and to give his testimony on social issues and societal issues that particularly affect him.
Institut de formation Régional du Travail Social (IRTS Paris Île-de-France)