Exhibition view Rituel de l’Algorithme, Les Halles du Faubourg, Lyon (France) – 2019
Video and sound installation – 3 families – 15 min – 2019-in progress

HD – 16/9 – 1 projection – Loop – Stereo

Invented in the first half of the 19th century, photography was for a long time confined to the portraitist’s studio. The original aim was to capture a specific moment when the family “looks like this”, crystallizes in the vast time of history, before the children grow up and the parents get older. According to his tastes, his means, his vision of things, his social class, one entered a docile body in a collective history. Thus in its early days, family photography remained very fixed. She then undergoes profound changes in the image of the changes of the family that she immortalizes but also of the technical evolutions that the medium is experiencing. What happens when the family changes, breaks down, becomes a single parent? Between classical poses, old backgrounds and new socio-cultural habits, the artist mixes historical and contemporary codes related to the practice of portraiture. 

By choosing the precise moment when the natural fades behind the artificial, Amélie captures the gestures, mimics and signs that are beyond the control of the subjects. Highlighting their filmed expressions, Amélie Berrodier is interested in our social relationship to photography and self-representation. 

Lola Carrel