Combat in progress February 2008 - January 2009, Workshop, art education, art classes 2009-present
Combat: Manual for Daily Survival is an attempt to build a survival vade mecum from portraits of individuals whose gestures represent the tasks and struggles of everyday life.
These photos are taken by photobooth: the moment / gesture thus captured is transformed into a black and white graphic image and transferred to a fabric whose print represents / symbolizes their environment.
With Combat in progress, I started by representing myself and then I could involve people from my Paris neighborhood: I then made 108 portraits by creating a happening in my local city hall.
On this series, I attempted to use majority of textiles that comes from my neighborhood. This project became less about my own aesthetic choice but what I was able to find and what people answered in short interview. This final project was shown in exhibition of combat : Manual for daily survival and during the Nuit blanche 08. After that, I organized other Combat sessions, in a high school in France and Hawai'i, sometimes for a workshop with over 80 students. Combat also has been proposed as part of art education and art workshops for students in France and UK .