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Signatures Gallery : ANI-PixTrakk Award : Hervé Lequeux : Viva Khawa


The Galerie Signatures welcomes the ANI Visas for their 18th edition and the ANI-PixTrakk Award. The National Association of Iconographers exhibits the “Viva Khawa” project by Hervé Lequeux, winner of the ANI-PixTrakk Award.

Hervé Lequeux, documentary photographer, is interested in politico-social issues specific to Arab countries, and in particular their conflicts and revolts,  as well as the migration issue. In this sense, his black and white photographic work plunges us into a social reality that traces the itinerary of young Moroccan minors from the medina of Tetouan, to the Parisian district of the Goutte-d’Or, passing through the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

During the professional week of the Visa pour l’image photojournalism festival in Perpignan, the National Association of Iconographers organizes portfolio readings. At the end of this event, the National Association of Iconographers selects about fifteen works among their favorites. The winner leaves with the ANI-PixTrakk prize worth €5,000 given during the screenings in Perpignan the following year.

Photographer born in Sète, distributed by Hans Lucas, he has recently been living in the South West of France. He works on social issues related to precariousness, migrations and working-class neighborhoods.

From the youth of the French suburbs (Une jeunesse française, Éditions André Frère, 2016) to those of disadvantaged neighborhoods around the Mediterranean (Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco, 2012-2021), he photographs routes and populations in economic and social precariousness.

Regular contributor to magazines and daily press (M Le Monde, Le Figaro Magazine, L’Obs, Liberation, La Croix, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Vice, etc.) his work adjusts to the rhythm of the international news (Zapatistas and alterglobalists 2006, “Arab” revolutions 2011) or national news (events in the suburbs, refugee crisis since 2015, health crisis in 2020). His approach as a photographer is marked by the building of long-term documentaries but also on reportage and street photography.

His work on young people in working-class neighborhoods in France received the CNAP grant (Aide au Documentaire, Ministry of Culture) in 2012.

It was screened at the Visa Pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, exhibited at the Urban Eye Festival in Corbeil-Essonne, and at the ZOOM Photography Festival in Saguenay (Canada). He worked on entrepreneurs in these neighborhoods for Médiapart, a report exhibited by the Festival Images Singulières de Sète (2017). He participated in the “Pandemic” collective exhibition at the Visa pour l’Image Festival in 2020.

His report on young Moroccan miners from Goutte-d’Or won the 2021 Lucas Dolega Prize. In 2022, he was selected with 200 other photographers by the BNF and received a grant from the Ministry of Culture to produce a radioscopy of France.


Galerie Signatures, maison de photographes
70, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris

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