Talashi (2018-2021)

Photos Video

How does one evoke a tragedy that is paradoxically made invisible through too many images? For three years, in Europe and Middle East, I met Syrian refugees willing to tell me their stories and share their private photographs. These artefacts have, like their owners, survived perilous journeys. In the course of my meetings, I wrote the stories of these vernacular documents and those who entrusted them to me.

The images I collected show daily life in Syria and in exile. They are not very different from the ones from our family albums or mobile phones. At the crossroads of intimacy and History, they allow us to imagine lives of ordinary people turned upside down by extraordinary events.

The narritive, combining  my words with their images creates an impression of a broken puzzle reconstituted but perforated. Such is the precarity of Talashi, whose title translates from Arabic to Fragmentation, Erosion or Disappearance.


Talashi, the book
Publisher: Atelier EXB / Éditions Xavier Barral (Paris)
Octobrer 2021 – bilingual French-English
Softcover, 16,5 x 23,5 cm
128 pages – 55 color photographs
ISBN : 978-2-36511-318-2

Talashi, the film
Documentary | 2019 | 5’30 | 16:9 | STEREO
Editing : Saskia Berthod I Texts : Alexis Cordesse I Voice : Éric Génovèse (La Comédie française) I VO : French – subtitles : English
© Alexis Cordesse

Grant & prize
・Grant for documentary photography 2019, Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), FR
・Shortlisted Luma Dummy Award Rencontres 2020

Festivals selections
・Arles Photo Festival 2019, FR
・Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, 2022, IT