Presented at LE BAL in september 2015, the exhibition of Samuel Gratacap, "Empire", is accompanied by a book co-published by LE BAL and Filigranes Editions.
In Tunisia, 5 km away from Libya’s frontier, Choucha camp became a transit area for several hundred thousand Sub-Saharan refugees escaping Libyan civil war. Since 2011, which is the expiry date of the refugee camp in the Tunisian desert, the photographer has followed refugees in their everyday life. His photographs and video works reflect the space-time specificities of this living place shaped by wait. Wait due to the different stages of asylum applications for refugees, combined with the tension of those suspended destinies in a same temporary site that became perennial by circumstances, to finally disappear.
The classic and simple format of the book highlights the strength of the work. With texts by Samuel Gratacap in collaboration with Léa Bismuth as well as testimonies of Bright, Fadoma, Khadija, S.D., Favor, Zahra, Omar and Karim Traoré (refugees in Choucha).
|Number of pages:||116 pages|
|Number of images:||70 images|
|Dimensions:||18 × 29 cm|
|Language:||French / English|
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