WINNERS
1ST EDITION

CHARLES THIEFAINE – French photographer
ALIKI CHRISTOFOROU – Greek-belgian photographer

Each award-winning photographer will receive €4,000 and accommodation in Sète to carry out his or her project. Working from the same territory – for this first edition, the Occitanie region – the two photographers each produced a committed photographic project, the results of which were shared at events in Sète (November 2023) and Tangier (November-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 "Z

Charles Thiefaine

Charles Thiefaine

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).

DEVELOPED PROJECT: “Z

In the Z series, Charles Thiefaine goes out to meet the inhabitants of the Ile de Thau to try and paint a sensitive, realistic portrait of this working-class neighborhood in the north of Sète. This ongoing project documents a cosmopolitan, mixed-race territory built on water, redrawing the contours of a sometimes stereotyped society, introducing the imaginary and creating new narratives.

ALIKI CHRITOFOROU "SUBMERGED PERSPECTIVES

Aliki Christoforou

Aliki Christoforou

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.

PROJECT DEVELOPED: “SUBMERGED PERSPECTIVES

Perspectives submergées is inspired by the thesis of Lebanese architect and curator Ala Tannir, who considers the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in the Mediterranean in relation to another phenomenon observable along the Mediterranean coast: the proliferation of toxic micro-algae and jellyfish. A human tragedy, an ecological catastrophe, two realities that make humans face up to their responsibilities.

SCHEDULE

MAY 18TH TO JUNE 18TH 2023
creation time

NOVEMBER 2023
Restitution of projects at Sète station as part of the SNCF Gares et connexions program

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2023
Project presentation at Tangier Festival Face à La Mer, Talk CIVIS MARITIMUS with winners