I made this series with the desire to build a set of symbolic portraits inspired by my background of double cultures. I’m French with middle eastern origins. I worked by using the pictorial tradition of still lives, I chose to put forward characters, where thenature and objects they carry, come from different rites and customs. The photographs can be grouped into three metaphorical categories: Firstly the “mark”, with elements of uncultivated land, evocative death and rebirth. Secondly, the “fight” with a reinterpretation of the various struggles and honours of war, as a tribute to ancestors, veterans sometimes death indifference or anonymity of the war. And finally the symbol of “femininity” located in the context of two cultures, French and Algerian, sometimes felt as a dichotomy, sometimes as a sign of diversity. Here jewels, feathers, branches, flowers, hats, decorative ribbons become evocative symbols of seduction, femininity, youth, memory, struggle, life and death. Playing on the accumulation of symbols, profusion of accessories the subjects become still life-like totems or family crests.
Marie Hudelot was born in Toulon in 1981, France. After studying cinema she enrolls at the Université Paris 8 (photography and multimedia). She is interested in performance, portraits and femininity. Her work was recently presented at Vichy, Lille and Paris in collective exhibitions and European Festivals such as Circulations, Fotowestival in Poland.