This set of 12 images was submitted to the Honours Board for the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) for my Associateship. My application was successful and I am delighted to have been awarded my APSNZ!
This is my artist statement which accompanied the set of images:
Title: Je suis Charlie 12
On 7 January 2015, two gunmen forced their way into the offices of French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Twelve people, including the editor-in-chief and one lady, were killed. Following the situation the phrase Je suis Charlie, French for ‘I am Charlie’, was coined, recognising freedom of speech and support for those affected by the tragedy.
These images are my reaction to the tragedy.
I have learnt French at school, I have travelled in France, I have worked in France, I have lived in France, I have photographed France, I consider myself to be an artist. I shared a connection with these people through art. I felt motivated to create an original tribute to them. I merged their creative tools with mine.
Image 1 – arbres de vie – trees of Life
Image 2 – vie cachée – hidden life
Image 3 – assassiné – murder
Image 4 – balles de plumb – lead bullets
Image 5 – une seule femme – only one woman
Image 6 – reposent en paid – rest in peace
Image 7 – la Tour Eiffel – the Eiffel Tower
Image 8 – le corps – the body
Image 9 – liberté d’expression – freedom of speech
Image 10 – la France – France
Image 11 – solidarité – solidarity
Image 12 – les Bleus – the Blues