" 'What I call the gaze is not so much the faculty of taking in images, as it is that of establishing a relation.' To look at someone is to establish an intentional relationship with that person; it implies reciprocity."

Caroline Mineau (op. cit.), quoting Jean Starobinski's L’ Œil vivant (The Living Eye), Ithaque, 1, p. 3-23.



Art, for me, acts as an intermediary between different, separate worlds; it is a way of bringing them together and letting them live together. I like to explore forms of reality and the way we perceive them, by analysing and dissecting the process of seeing: what it involves for both the spectator and the subject.

I see my work as a relation to the other, to others. It always involves preparatory meetings with the model, during which I try to understand his or her story - or world - the better to share it with the spectator.

During my five years at Aix-en-Provence and Valenciennes Art Schools, I developed a photographic and video project on the theme of the way we look at differences.
Having observed that the iconography of the disabled often ignores the individual, reducing them to a sum of weaknesses and lacks, I organised several projects with disabled children. The results were the five photographic and video pieces, five records of meetings:
Je est un autre, Miroirs, Attendre que le soleil se couche, Les Jumelles and Contrôle technique.

Those who are not portrayed fall into oblivion. In another project, my aim was to show the faces of Lebanese people and to bear witness to their identities - identities that have been despoiled by the dramatic events that Lebanon has been the theatre of. This project became the interactive installation Histoires enfouies and the photographic series Portraits du Liban.

In my videos and photographic works my sympathy with the subject creates an intimate space and climate, a sensation of proximity that invites us to enter a world that we are not familiar with and to hold a mirror up to ourselves, reminding us of our own fragility.