The “Schloss” is the nickname of a castle whose trunks full of old photos and memorabilia, a large building inchauffable Lorraine occupied by the Germans during World War II. The locals still call Imloul Sara and her cousin “granddaughters of the castle.” In this kingdom of drafts still reigns today the grandfather, the patriarch, around which the family of Sara meets.
Das Schloss is an introspective series, a photographic private session: poses sessions development prints, everything is there. Everything starts in the morning mist while Sara awaits its model, “Ms legs,” her aunt, whom she is going to hold the pose for long seconds that the technique requires that the artist has emerged: the calotype, it photographic process invented by Talbot. I only work with people I know, because I know it is very difficult to ask. And, calotype, everything is very slow. Because there was an intimacy, I would go further, they give me more, and the projection of my imagination is easier with those I love. Before that, the image was thought, dreamed. The artist has made preparatory sketches and accessories meticulously searched. Here, for example, she put a black cloth on top of the body of his aunt he disappears into the background. Before his view camera (Toyo-View 4×5), nothing is left to chance.
Born in 1986. Sara Imloul discovered the hat in 2008 and her idea for her first series, “The Black Circus” (2008-2011).
From then on, she developed a photographic process full of old techniques and personal experiments that enabled her to portray her mysterious and dreamlike universe. Working between Paris and Lorraine, the artist pays special attention to prints, unique pieces, hand-crafted.
Fascinated by the carnal relationship between matter and light, it gives a predominant place to the negative sometimes support of collage and drawing. Publishes in 2015 Das Schloss, Le château (Filigranes).
Michel Gaillot is a philosopher, art critic and professor of philosophy at the ESACM (Higher School of Art Clermont Métropole). He is the author of multiple notably Sens – Techno, artistic and political laboratory of this (Editions Dis Voir, Paris, 1998) The place of the offering (Villa du Parc, Annemasse, 2005), and We the people voices (Editions of the Service of Plastic Arts of the City of Venissieux, 2002). He is currently preparing an essay on the thought of the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and a book on the subject of the image.