19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
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FATIMA'S LITTLE GIRLS SOUMIA 23 years old and SAFA 20 years old, Arrivals in 2016 Fatima decided to adopt Soumia, Safa and their brother Salim following the tragic disappearance of her eldest daughter in a car accident in Algeria. The latter had already lost their dad a few years before, they were now alone in the world. She managed to bring them back to France in 2016. - “How does it feel to know that you might be moving to another neighborhood, are you happy or sad?” I ask bluntly. Despite the fact that they are very united, they have very different feelings. Safa, the youngest: - "I like the neighborhood and I would like to stay because here I have all my friends". Soumia, on the contrary: "I would like to change to see something else, to have another experience." This photo expresses this difference in their feelings. STATEMENT OF INTENT ‘En Mutation’ – ‘Changing’ – is a photo and video project which goes to the heart of urban transformation in the Bourgogne neighbourhood of Tourcoing. Freeing this neighbourhood from the spotlight of local urban policy by transforming the area qualitatively is the objective of the project. Spread over 15 years the current development plan affects the daily lives of 7,000 inhabitants and as part of the New National Urban Renovation Programme is the largest urban renewal site in France. Offering housing, public spaces and ‘more attractive’ services, it is now in the phase of demolition of the existing building stock, which consists mainly of terraced housing and tower blocks, and rehousing hundreds of families. ‘Changing’ seeks to investigate the intimate space of this mutation by meeting six residents and their families who are affected by immediate or imminent removal. This project records their feelings and proposes to create a paradigm trace of their presence before the memory is definitively erased. Changing where they live is akin to a change of skin, the molt of the snake: the imprint that remains are these symbolic images emerging from their words. At the crossroads of photographic scene-setting and reporting, this work is the fruit of several meetings from which the recorded sound, remixed and transformed into a polyphonic sound track, accompanies the video, filmed by a drone, of the demolition of one of the buildings. This series presents images of the residents and different extracts from the meetings.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Tourcoing, France
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © rossella piccinno