If there is some strangeness in the exploration of new lands in search of memories, it comes from the possibility that we do not necessarily find what we were hoping for. Sometimes, one finds oneself in torpor, in the expectation of what will never ever be again.
If the concept of « territory » means a relationship between people and a specific space, what does it mean if this territory stops to be frequented and used? Once a year, seaside resorts built for summer activities only are abandoned by vacationers. How does this temporary solitude take shape in the visible? What kind of transformations this abandonment makes to the landscape and everyday life objects? When they are no more vacation places, what’s happening to these « -beach » cities that even their names condemn to this unique function?
With this lack of function, stuck in a temporal break and space between, these landscapes and objects enter in a drowsiness state, an indifferent waiting. It exists for nothing and nobody but it keeps some persistence in its being. There’s only materials, forms, colors, lights. There’s no beach anymore, just a sea side and the sand, no more garbage but some plastic and metal in the waiting status to be a garbage again. These landscapes and objects have been, are, and will be again. Next summer, vacationers will probably never feel during this time something has changed.
Born in the south of France, Fabien Fourcaud started his professional life as a designer in digital and cinema industries. This activity provided him a strong background in imagery and storytelling. Thanks to his passion for representation and reality concepts, he started to develop a personal vision on our relationship with territory and landscape in his three first series: Land without shadows, Off Season and Sanctuaires.
In 2017, Lenseculture has selected Fabien Fourcaud as one of the emerging talents of the year.
© text and pictures by Fabien Fourcaud
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