Published by HENI Publishing. Text by Jacques Rancière, Florian Ebner.
Between 2006 and 2020, French photographer and artist Bruno Serralongue (born 1968) conducted a prolonged engagement with the community of refugees on their last stop in a long journey to reach England. The resulting photographs, which formed the basis for an exhibition at Paris’s Centre Pompidou in 2019, are published here for the first time. Serralongue captured disparate moments in the lives of the exiles, their attempts to reach England and their provisional camps that were dismantled by the French government in 2020. Serralongue’s images employ a suspended temporality that contradicts the sensationalized images broadcast by the mass media, recalling the visual traditions of history painting more than photojournalism. The slowness of his photography, a characteristic of working with a view camera, requires both a distance from and a proximity with the subjects photographed, achievable only due to a relationship of trust built with the inhabitants of the “Jungle.”
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Clément Dirié, Bruno Serralongue. Text by Marta Gili, Carles Guerra, Bruno Serralongue, Dirk Snauwaert.
French conceptual artist Bruno Serralongue (born 1968) travels to the sites of breaking news, such as the retrocession of Hong Kong to China, working independently alongside photojournalists or on commissions for daily newspapers. In the fashion of early Conceptual art, Serralongue examines the conditions under which information is produced and disseminated in such circumstances.