The improbable journey
Of all my imaginary travel, that which particularly holds me with heart today : a travel in parisian suburbs.
I was born there, I live there still today and this only word “suburbs” immediately evokes unhappiness, violence, poverty and depression, the gray, the cold… These suburbs that one does not look at, to which one his back to look towards Paris, I want to travel it. To carry my glance on what one does not see any more, to travel where nobody travels, in these suburbs who seems to us so familiar, that we so often cross but where finally we never take the time to stop us.
Color and in black and white, it is a travel diary in one “here” which I want to thus carry out and transcribe by the images – but also by texts reporting the things told by the people met during of my travel -, questionings, answers, impressions, feelings lived during this long journey in the proximity.
French of Algerian decent, he photographs as a way of life, and investigates his own identity and confronts us with ourselves.
When he decided to return to Algeria with his father, he discovered a country, but also a family, a world full of violence, landscapes that spoke to him and individuals who addressed him without himself knowing exactly where to place himself. Boudjelal has been exploring on a personal level the country since 10 years after that first trip. His work being between travelog and testimony, with images from black and white to color, makes more and more clear his work is not only subjective. It is marked by his personal history but his aim is to put the daily life and the history in perspective. Between two continent and two cultures, he is simply generous and he claims his capacity to understand and transmit a complex issue between the North and the South.