STÉPHANIE SOLINAS

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Déserteurs
[Deserters]

Déserteurs draws an inventory of what remains of the photographic portraits of the dead that adorned the tombs in the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris and that have been destroyed by time.

2008-13
Series of 379+1 photographs
Plaster, ribbon

Variable dimensions


Walking through the 70 000 sepulchres of the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, Solinas identified and photographed 379 “disappearances.” On each image, she engraves on the actual photographic print the GPS coordinates of the tomb, using the tactile system of writing braille – like a call to “reanimate” the disappearing identities by a visit, a presence, a glance. After wrapping the photographs individually in conservation paper, the collection is arranged in a piled form becoming a sculpture.