In autumn 2014, the Regional Centre of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais invited three photography three young photographers, Valentine Solignac, Quentin Derouet and Francisco Supervielle photographic residence in the town of Condé-sur-l’Escaut.
A residence in a territory can give to see an independent point of view on this space and its inhabitants, and sometimes reveal unsuspected aspects and ignored. Show that had never attracted attention, because the camera angle or light chosen by the photographers take us where we did not think to go.
While remaining under a common control on a specific place, these three photographers who use different materials ranging from large to small format, from film to digital from black and white to color, we prevail in a city whose images may not be similar to what one sees or thinks he sees normally.
They invite us to meet these places and their inhabitants; the intrinsic truth of the portraits is obvious, it gives us the imperceptible feeling to know already. This sense of familiarity is the result of time spent exploring this region, without preconceptions and with respect.
Born in 1987 in Maisons-Laffitte. Practicing photography for eight years, Quentin Derouet currently lives in Brussels. He was awarded the Prix De Conynck (King Baudouin Foundation) in 2013 for his project Last Kingdom, published by Editions Audio & paper.
Born in 1981 in Rodez. After studying Fine Arts at the School of Fine Arts in Valencia, Valentine Solignac chose to direct his artistic practice toward photography. She now lives in Lille, where she continued her visual exploration of the territory of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
Born in 1989 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He initially interested in studying law and only after obtaining a license he turns to photography. His photographic research the route towards a first practice inspired by documentary photography. Now his focus is on the photographic materiality and the notion of sensory experience. The images show an approximation to the photographic thing always clear and devoid of artifice; give another life to matter through photography is the main focus of his research.