2014

Christophe Gin - Lawless areas in France

BIOGRAPHY

Christophe Gin was born in 1965 in Nevers. A self-taught photographer, he started his career in the early 1990s, with the photo report Nathalie conduite de pauvreté (Nathalie: Conduct of Poverty, 1994-2001), which was shot behind closed doors and explored the inner workings of misery by focusing on Nathalie, who agreed to have her daily life photographed for seven years. The method is minimalist, getting as close to the protagonist as possible, with the photographer disappearing to give the audience a better view of the subject.

Following this work, Christophe Gin wanted to avoid being trapped in a specific genre, and felt the need to discover new horizons, which led him to explore French Guiana for the first time in 2001. Encountering and understanding this society would be a long and arduous process, taking the photographer to Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia and Suriname. A second series came out of it: Le Pont des Illusions (The Bridge of Illusions, 2002-2014).

His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, inlcuding Rencontres Photographiques de Guyane in the capital Cayenne, the Galerie Fait et Cause in Paris, at Shenyang (China), the China International Photo Festival in Lianzhou, the Visa pour l’Image event in Perpignan and PhotoEspaña.

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EXHIBITIONS

 

Collection Lambert en Avignon

5 rue Violette - 84 000 Avignon

3 July - 6 November 2016. 

Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm

Every day in July and August from 11am to 7pm

 

Chapelle des Beaux-Arts de Paris

14, rue Bonaparte - 75006 Paris

5 November - 5 December 2015.

Monday to Friday from 11am to 7pm

The exhibition will exceptionally be closed on Saturdays and Sundays in the context of the vigipirate plan. 

Free admission

 

PARTNERS

JURY

  • Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders
  • Nicolas Bourriaud, Art Critic, ex-Director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
  • Patrick Chauvel, Photojournalist
  • Éric Chol, President and Editor of Courrier International
  • Nigel Hurst, Director of the Saatchi Gallery, London
  • Marie Sumalla, Photo-editor at Le Monde

 

 

Camopi, February 2015

 

CHRISTOPHE GIN'S PHOTO REPORT

The Fondation Carmignac aims to support and promote works of investigative photojournalism documenting areas often underrepresented in mainstream news coverage. This year’s edition of the Award focuses specifically on parts of France that have become so-called “lawless areas” (zones de non-droit): places where political, judicial and socioeconomic structures divert from those idealised by the French Republic, and where its legal system no longer holds sway.

The jury for the 6th edition, chaired by Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders, chose Christophe Gin as the 2014 laureate of the Carmignac photojournalism Award.

Christophe Gin spent five months exploring the landscapes of Guiana, from border regions to the most remote Amerindian villages, where soldiers mingle with gold prospectors and exploited immigrant workers, and where local population is forced to integrate republican concepts. His photography bears witness to the reality of life in a land full of contrasts, far from the caricatures often presented through the mainstream press.

 

Camopi, March 2015
Saint-Élie, April 2015
Saint-Georges-de-l’Oyapock, April 2015
Trois-Sauts, January 2015
A ‘legal’ Guianese canoe, jump crossing. Oyapock river, April 2015
Illegal service station on the Surinamese bank of the Maroni, June 2015