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Julien Bonnin

MA work

Relics

The project Relics represents a visual exploration into the processes of dissemination and preservation concerning found materials and archival pictures.

In that regard, it focuses on the inherent capacity of the photographic medium to generate vernacular imagery and alternative narratives, that can construct or alter Reality and therefore border with the mythical.

A place like Beirut, torn between its traumatic past and its race for modernity, embodies the metaphor of the ‘image-ruin’. The city itself, the gaping scars of the aftermath bore by the abandoned buildings, the inhabitants or the traces of their existence; all convey and revive a moment that collapsed, was hidden or buried.

It is these glimpses and their persistence that I am trying to grasp, to investigate their aura and the almost mythical aspect of their circulation, both in term of time and heritage; a process initiated with the manipulation, the organisation of the archive and of found photographs, to summon new voices and new stories.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2016

  • Initially, I come from a photo-report background, where I honed my skills covering social events and long-term subjects in Paris.

    In 2008, a journey to Palestine working on the field shaped my practice, stemming from the unconventional clash between traditional documentary and discursive paths of fine art or site-based installations.

    My work explores the codes and the physical nature of Photography as a bearer of Truth, in the scope of new technologies. It analyses the concept of power and the tensions arising from 'signified' photographs in the midst of mass medias or digital photography.

    Recently, I shifted for the discipline and investigation of archival collections, especially focusing on intimate or found materials and their inherent quality to convey transient, alternative memories that can border with an epical, fantasised recount of History.

    I am drawn by the by-products of these mythical narratives, transmuting mundane objects into artefacts which bear the fragments, the aura echoing from our fascination for the sacred, the Otherness.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Photography, London College of Communication, 2012
  • Experience

  • 2nd assistant photographer, runner, digital assistant. Spring Studios, London, 2012-2013.; Preservation, restoration and digitisation officer. Internship in the Preservation and Collection Department. Arab Image Foundation, Beirut, 2014.
  • Exhibitions

  • London College of Communication Summer Showcase, London, 2012; Bott's Mews Pop Up Exhibition, London W2 5AG, 2012; FreshFaced+WildEyed, Photographer's Gallery, London, 2013.; Compassion Fatigue, UCLA Biennale- New Wight Gallery, UCLA Department of Arts, Los Angeles, 2014; Offprint Book Fair, Tate Modern, London, 2015; Work-in-progress Show, Photography, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Originators: BA Photography Show, London College of Communication, London 2012
  • Awards

  • Shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2012; Photoworks Special Award for Best Documentary Project, 2012
  • Publications

  • Siobhan Leddy, A French photographer in Palestine, Sketchbook Magazine, 2010; Inbal Mizrahi, FRESHFACED+WILDEYED 2013, Photographer's Gallery Press release, 2013; Lewis Bush, Review: Fresh Face and Wild Eyed at the Photographer's Gallery, Disphotic, 2013