For this spring/summer issue, The Eyes has decided change tack. We have chosen to reflect on the notion of territory. Whether geographical, political, legal, cultural or mental, it is consistently subject to friction, even conflict. Think of the refugee crisis and the reaction it elicited: barriers being erected along the borders of a number of Member States.
And yet, territories are not fixed, even if some would prefer otherwise. We have learned from history and geography that it evolves with the action of men and nature. So how can such a shifting concept be captured photographically? One option was to ask photographers directly. We thus sent out a call for proposals to address territorial issues. We received 250 portfolios from all over Europe, and we would like to thank every participant for their contribution.
Various persons were then invited by the editorial com- mittee to assess the different issues: Diane Dufour, director of Le Bal; Christine Ollier, art director at Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire; Susan Bright, curator and author of several books on photography; Aurélien Valette, from Rencontres d’Arles; and Nicolò Conti, from the Jacques Delors Institute. We would like to give them our warm thanks. The 10 selected portfolios are presented in these pages.
Meanwhile, we also asked three very different persons – Michel Barnier, member of the European parliament; Arnaud Claass, photographer and photo- graphy theoretician; and Velibor Čolić, Bosnian writer and political refugee in France – to contribute their reflections on the notion of territory.
From documentary art to staging, via the postcard industry, the theme of territory brought together an extraordinarily diverse selection of works and perspectives.
Miguel Álvarez, Esteban García, Rafael Trapiello & Guillermo Trapiello
The Maginot line
Dievs Daba Darbs
You speak of Territory, and I say between two worlds
Les territoires sont une chance pour nos sociétés
Entretien avec Michel Barnier
Conversation with Joan Fontcuberta
by Rémi Coignet
L’Artière Collection The Narcissisitic City
Melos, A European odyssey
by Guillaume Lebrun
Special Adviser to the European Commission and former European Deputy and Foreign Affairs Minister.
Born in Paris in 1949, Arnaud Claass is a French photographer and photography theorist.
Velibor Čolić was born in 1964 in Bosnia. A refugee in France since 1992, he now lives in Brittany. He has published with Éditions Gallimard Sarajevo Omnibus (Coll. Blanche) in 2012 and Ederlezi (Coll. Blanche (2014).
Marc Feustel is an independent curator, writer and editor.
Photographer and author, based in Köln.
A graduate from the New York School of Visual Arts, she cofounded 10 x 10 Photobooks.
Author and independent journalist specializing in culture, literature and society.
Journalist specializing in photography and the art market. She likes to scout the world for new talents.
Photo editor for the press, she founded her own publishing house Lozenup in 2007.