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cartes cabinets – la vojo returne postcard details

A series of small details in the style of cartes cabinet photographic portraits. These are all taken from postcards of the small town of Grandpré.

 

La Vojo Returne – preparatory studies and details

These new works are preparatory pieces created during lockdown research towards a new long term social engagement with the small town of Grandpré in rural France. Inspired by seven German WWI negatives bought from eBay – and online research to identify the location – I began collecting postcards from the same place and period sent home by German soldiers. The project has a working title of La Vojo Returne (the Esperanto title for ‘The Road Back’, taken from a first edition translation of the novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. This book is widely regarded as a study in post-war contemporary malaise.

Unable to visit with current travel restrictions, these pieces have begun a dialogue around ‘a sense of place’ with Grandpré inhabitants, through the juxtaposition of the postcards’ liminal spaces and their infra-ordinary translated Sütterlin messages. At a time when we need to quietly reflect on what it is to be human, especially during these times of a collective post-pandemic and political introspection, I have begun to work with German translators here in Manchester and Germany, and residents in Grandpré to inform research and understanding of this liminal landscape and its current bucolic existence, in advance of making new photographic work there in 2022.

Click on the following pages for more details on the background to this project / the postcards and the negatives

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#I_Am_Clarion self portait

clarion-colour-newnew In the colours of the Spanish Republic in honour of those who died in the International Brigades including 5 Clarion Cyclists.