Through this work i question the dead and its relation with its image, its representation, as an act of preservation. It is also an attempt to create a configuration (out of a decomposition) that questions memory before and after life.
I have chosen birds that were found dead on my way home for the strong metaphorical death symbolism related to them. The photographer interacts by “wearing” this concept of death and preservation through these images ; consumed and revived through imagery.
As for the egg(s), it represents the alpha and omega of life, the natural birth and the industrial consuming death (when eaten) : a "birth coffin" carrying a dead embryo. It also represents resurrection and rejuvenation (according to many religious beliefs). Its shape representation became a photographic playground for questioning this relation between memory, life, death and beyond ; resulting in creating these artifacts that alter the reality of things.
In his text “The Ontology of the Photographic Image”, André Bazin wrote : “How vain a thing is painting if underneath our fond admiration for its works we do not discern man's primitive need to have the last word in the argument with death by means of the form that endures.”
The text page included through this body of work is from a book called “L’immortalité” by Milan Kundera.
When i was a child, my mother offered me on Easter six chicks. I put them in a cage and on one stormy night i forgot the cage on the balcony. My father woke me up and we went outside to check on them only to find they were all dead. I remember very well the scene of these dead chicks with their eyes closed lying beside each other in a row on the floor of the cage.