As If Born Again — 2012

Interested with the idea of madness, Paul took a series of pictures in a day psychiatric center. The Antonin Artaud Center, in Brussels, is one of the first centers to offer psychological care as well as artistic workshops. The staff is thus composed of both caretakers and artists whose points of view are confronted.

What is this blur line which separates the patient from the doctor ? What does “being mad” mean, isn’t it just what the others think? Who decides? What was Paul’s place in this institution? Unhealthy curiosity or fascination for those who escape established discourses and political correctness. What is the right distance? is there one? Such questions surround the series. After several months of observation and participation to workshops, Paul proposes a collaboration, a photographic dialog where each expresses his own mental-distress and lunacy.

It’s a way for bernadette to break into a constant flow of words and all her family issues to pour out like a liberating torrent.With Murielle, on the contrary, speech gets physical, and she improvises a performance stating her awkwardness, prisoner of her own sweater, her own body.

Philippe imagines a scenography. He decides to confront his addictions by turning cigarettes into chess pieces. He goes as far as painting the opponent cigarettes black. The game starts, focused, he struggles against himself and gets overrun. Philippe gives up.

Surprised and overwhelmed by their imagination, Paul captures the scene obsessionally, giving each character a series of images which end up forming a single one. The obsession remains on both sides of the lens.

As If Born Again
As If Born Again
As If Born Again