Researching the possibilities and the limits of the archive,
I try to reveal the figure of my ancestor,
to haunt my own identity. By positioning myself in the role of an
archivist different questions appeared on the conception of history
by the action of the archive, the Belgian
colonial past, and the
forces implied in the archive and on personal and national identity.
My research brought me to face Alphonse Jacques
shadow altered by time and space.
Exposing Shadows Vol. I
Exposing Shadows Vol. I explores the different possibilities of the book
form to hide and show the past and its complexities. By analysing the
difficulties I encountered to meet and give form to the life of my
ancestor Alphonse Jacques de Dixmude, I interrogate
its evolution through history and his reflection today.
Exposing Shadows Vol. II
This second volume follows my journey during my one-year research
which led me to the first volume of Exposing Shadows
. The book takes form in
three parts: photography, history and archive. Looking back at the different
paths that I followed while investigating the archive material, I present
my leading inspirations and different experimentations which occured during
the creation of my personal archive and how unsuccesful results this last one led to.
Exposing Shadows Vol. II (PDF version)