In Marianne’s Eyes

A simple detail can sometimes give birth to a whole series. As I was looking at the portrait I had made of a friend, her attitude in it made me think immediately of Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic. We all have a different idea of what Marianne can represent. For me, she was this young woman, both quiet and benevolent, but whose anger one should not awaken. In other words, "do not mess with her". This is how I developed this series, surrounding myself with models whose eyes could express this duality. I photographed them in situations which were similar to that of their daily life, so that I could go beyond merely political considerations and endow Marianne with her status as a woman amongst others. However, I wished to keep her universally acknowledged attributes, the Phrygian cap and the three colors of the French Republic.

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