Letters from Paris (2015)

Photo-Text Serie composed with B&W analogue images, letters and testimonials.

Photobook. Dummy nominated to the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award and exhibited in Rencontres d’Arles 2015.

Photography installation

 

Description:

You arrive at your office and discover a huge portrait with a letter glued on the door, or maybe you receive it by mail, there, or at home, or in your store…. When you see the portrait, the face of the protagonist seems known to you, the letter is directed at you, and when you start reading it, maybe your memory gets refreshed, maybe you recognize the sender, although he addresses you with other words. Maybe you remember…

Lettres de Paris is a photographic and literary documentary work of social reminiscences, made in the city of Paris and whose angle is all those foreigners and immigrants who have found in the language a barrier of communication and integration.

Resorting to a public writer, foreigners who may have felt lost, judged, humiliated and misunderstood for the simple fact of not being fluent enough in the French language, decide to send an elegant and well written letter to a recipient, whether a person or an institution, accompanied by his portrait. Behind each sender, there is a process, a complaint, but also the need for recognition, a search for inclusion and approximation to a new city that adopts them.

Oleñka transforms herself into a writer and public photographer, walks around with her portable desk, her old typewriter and her camera and puts herself at the service of all those who need to say something, opening the door to all those stories that are subjacent to the everyday life of a big city through their letters.

 

Exhibitions:

-October 2015. Rencontres Photographiques du 10ème arrondissement. Paris, France.

-October 2015. Comparatifs, exhibition collective Centre Jean Verdier. Paris, France.

-July 2015 / September 2015. Dummy Photobook exhibited in Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles. Arles, France