CHARLES THIEFAINE – French photographer
ALIKI CHRISTOFOROU – Greek-belgian photogrpaher
Each award-winning photographer will receive 4,000€ and accommodation in Sète to carry out his or her project, with a final delivery of the elements expected no later than July 31, 2023. From the same territory, for this first edition the Occitania region, the two photographers will each carry out a committed photographic project, the results of which will be shared during events in Sète (October 2023) and in Tangier (December 2023).
This program is supported by Montpellier 2028 – European Capital of Culture, ImageSingulières, the Rencontres photographiques Face à la Mer and the Mairie de Sète. In tribute to the French photographer Ronan Guillou, who died in 2022.
© Charles Thiefaine «Les emmeraudes»
© Charles Thiefaine «Marcher avec les dragons»
FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER BORN IN 1991
Photographer and journalist from Roubaix, Charles Thiefaine lives between France and the Middle East where he leads artistic projects such as Iraq – territory, Ala Allah, and more recently Walking with Dragons. His practice is on the border between documentary and point-of-view photography. He discovers and arranges stories that seem evocative to him and tries to propose a singular document around territories marked notably by periods of conflict. Charles Thiefaine collaborates with the French press (M le monde, Libération, Mouvement) and international press (Washington Post, T le temps, Vice). His work is also the subject of exhibitions (Circulation(s), Rencontres du Xème, Copenhagen Photo festival) and a book to be released in 2021 (Tahrir).
ONGOING PROJECT : «L’ÎLE AU TRÉSOR»
A boxer from the Golden Glove, a fisherman from the fish market, a young jouster and his family: in the series Treasure Island, Charles Thiefaine will meet the inhabitants of Thau Island to try to draw a portrait of this working-class neighborhood in the north of Sète. This project will document a cosmopolitan and mixed territory built on water. The Treasure Island series will re-draw the contours of a sometimes stereotypical society by introducing imagination and creating new stories.
© Aliki Christoforou «SEASCAPES»
© Aliki Christoforou «ATLANTIDE»
GREEK-BELGIAN PHOTOGRAPHER, BORN IN 1992
Born in 1992 in Brussels, Aliki Christoforou is a Belgian-Greek visual artist who lives and works between Belgium and Greece. After working as an architect and set designer, she decided to move away from her professional activity to devote herself to her artistic practice. In 2020 she joins the master of photography and visual arts of La Cambre, in Brussels. In 2021, she won the Libraryman Award and published her first book, “Anamnesis”. Imbued with his two cultures, his work revolves around ecological and social issues and invites reflection on our present time.
ONGOING PROJECT : «SPECULATIONS LIQUIDES»
Liquid Speculations seeks to broaden our understanding of what the sea recycles, what it metabolizes, by linking the humanitarian crisis that is currently unfolding in the Mediterranean to another phenomenon observable along the Mediterranean coast: the proliferation of jellyfish. The relationship to the sea that this project explores carries with it ghosts of human passages, memories of subjugation and control of resources, from the historical era to our current tipping point in the Anthropocene era: the era of proliferation.
MAY 18TH TO JUNE 18TH 2023
Restitution of the project in Sète, France
Restitution of the projets in Tangier, Morocco