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Black Holes | a photographic voyage by Julien Sunyé
The War is not over, interior and exterior stigmas
Paris, May 2019
“Every year we celebrate peace, but in reality we are still at war.” Through 24 European destinations, 54 shots, 26,000 kilometers, the photographer Julien Sunyé evokes the traumas of the conflicts crossed, those that we believe forgotten or those that we ignore through denial. Here, photography reveals the cry of “the vulnerable being in search of peace”. A poignant series of about fifty color and black-and-white photographs that challenges the identity of each of us faced with the violence of internal conflicts, such as those who have opposed or still oppose men today in the world.
A metaphor for humanity
“Black Holes” is a metaphor for humanity. Faced with light, nude bodies remind us of the fragility of human nature. The models photographed are in survival mode, they seek to continue to live in peace despite life in danger. The human race has always struggled to appease what has hurt it, these wounds that can never be completely eradicated or repaired. Julien Sunyé evokes the quest for peace through his work: “The emotions that go through us often have their origins in childhood. It takes time, attention and real work on oneself to understand and analyze them. Modern life unfortunately leaves little room for this inner quest. Finally, to show one’s pain is to learn how to overcome it, to make peace with one’s past and create a harmonious future for one’s self and others.”
This series pays tribute to victims who have fallen victim to collective violence as well as those who are still trapped and fighting against their own past. The question is: how can we survive this violence and at what price? And what does peace and freedom mean when you are still trapped in past violence? “The commemorated wars are deceptive: the violence has not completely ended. Although nature and time have repaired wounds to make them invisible, they persist in another forms.”
Photography, act of resilience
In 2013, Julien Sunyé is plunged into a severe depression whose cause escapes him. It prevents him from working and being able to express his emotions and therefore continue to live. Seeking to cope, Julien Sunyé becomes interested in different forms of trauma. He learns that the trauma of early childhood is deeply rooted in the subconscious and that he can define the present. He understands that one then becomes a prisoner of one’s past.
During the summer of 2016, the photographer decides to go to the battlefields of Verdun. He is struck by the idea that the past can lock up an individual but also an entire people. Soothed by the photographic work that he is doing in several countries in Europe on “sensitive or historical” sites, Julien Sunyé feels that he is in the right place to lead his reflection. Each new photographic session helps him overcome his depression a little more until he finally manages to recover in September 2018.
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About Julien Sunyé: Self-taught photographer, Julien Sunyé uses photography since childhood as a collection of the best moments to share. From this idea is born an unflinching passion for photography that will never leave and will continue to grow. Franco-Dutch (French by his father and Dutch by his mother), he found his inspirations in the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Dutch painters, including landscape paintings of the 16th and 17th.
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