19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
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REGINA 50 years Arrival arrival in 2010 - Party in July 2021 Rue Hardouin Mansart Apartment type T4 "Tell me, which room will you miss the most?" - "My kitchen. Even if it is small, when my family comes, we let the children play in the living room and we all pile up in the kitchen. It is with tears in my heart that I am leaving, I will miss my kitchen very much ”. SERIES STATEMENT ‘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 Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Tourcoing, France
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © rossella piccinno