“MIDO”, his award-winning photographic series, is composed of portraits of Ahmed, a young man in distress…
It is Julie Joubert, a young photographer born in 1989 in Paris who won, with her photographic series “MIDO”, the Grand Prix MAP 2022 / Conseil Départemental de la Haute Garonne. The photographer surprised and seduced the jury with the audacity and interpretation of her series, produced between 2019 and 2021. She thus won a grant of €4,000 financed by the Departmental Council of Haute Garonne and “Mido” will be exhibited. at the Festival MAP Toulouse from June 3 to 19, 2022.
A graduate of the School of Decorative Arts in Paris, Julie Joubert quickly appropriated social themes in order to make visible those who are continually sidelined. His photographs invite the viewer to modify their perception of these beings through the sublimation of these faces and these bodies. And this, while seeking to bring out the authenticity and uniqueness of his subjects.
So with “MIDO”, a diminutive, nickname, pseudonym that he gave himself, Julie photographed Ahmed, a young man she had met in 2017 in a rehabilitation center for young people in difficulty. Presenting himself under different identities, Ahmed, with a chaotic life course punctuated by painful elements, survives with the dream of becoming a model.
“His great fragility, his self-destructive character as well as his ability to reveal himself immediately convinced me of the need to follow him in his daily life. says the photographer, continuing: “Meeting him regularly in the Marx Dormoy district of Paris, I observed him, fascinated by his unstable character and his carelessness. From this meeting was born the desire to highlight this youth delivered to itself, totally unsuited to our society”.
, Julie continued, to the visiting room, to photographer Ahmed, threatened with expulsion and then imprisoned in the prison of Health. From a fantasized reality to very real confinement, from pictorial fiction to pixel abstraction, the different image qualities accompany each aspect of the young man’s life. Pictorial, the very sharp images taken with a digital SLR transpose it into a fantasy dimension. The harshness of the flash, the lack of sharpness and the grain of the image make possible the appearance of flaws and failures. The MIDO book has just been published by Kahl Editions in December 2021.
“MIDO”, exhibition of photographs by Julie Joubert, from June 3 to 19 during the Festival MAP Toulouse