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Visa pour l’Image 2020 : Axelle de Russé, Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Award


This year, the “Visa pour l’Image” festival gives pride of place to women photographers. Axelle de Russé presents an extremely well-researched subject about women in prison, which she has been following for several months. Their terrible journeys are punctuated by painful childhoods, rapes, premature pregnancies, disastrous marriages, drug addiction, abandonment, delinquency … Axel offers us portraits by telling us how these women are trying to pick themselves up. Her gaze allows them to exist and regain confidence. It is all her art that engages us in this need for understanding, this need to think about social reintegration. How can their experiences be major elements in the fight against the scourge of drugs? How to support them when they leave the prison world?

This reportage goes far beyond to support them while society inexorably rejects them as outcasts like the untouchables of India.

Jean-Francois Camp


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