2022 | this is not the horizon
‘One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak.’
I took Activist Gloria Steinem’s statement as inspiration to balance the space given to the elite by the media. I wanted to put light on and turn the volume on for people we never heard or seen before. This study of democracy begun when I wondered who was actually the people of France, my fellow citizens who voted or not in the previous elections.
Therefore, I collected audio-visual portraits of people along a 900-kilometre journey from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea. Met by chance in public spaces, the people who kindly participated are worlds that often doesn't travel from one another, but exists next to each other and vote (or not) every five years for a president.
Each participant was invited to write a question I would myself ask to the next one along the road. This specific action permitted to draw links between each of the participants who received a folded poster resuming the line of question and answer.
Secondly, and to explore new forms of fighting apathy and fear, I created a transportable installation where people can practice speaking up and listening. This ongoing second part of the project collects and links voices and gazes from different localities that are made accessible on thisisnotthehorizon.com