Bronze / 2018 / Portraiture / Family
Anatomie d'une famille française
Anatomy of a French familyArmelle Kergall has a big family: 124 members including only
grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brother, nephews
and first cousinsTo bear the same name, to share the same genes is it enough to
create a common territory? What is the invisible link that unites
In 2005, the artist begins to portray each member of her family
in the manner of an ethnologist. Through the shooting sessions,
she recreates her family tree. She tries to capture in a shot the
essence of each character. Posing in the room that defines them
best - a bedroom, an office, a closet...- in casual clothes and
surrounded by objects that tell about themselves.
Fascinated by sagas, great dynasties or theories of
psychogenealogy, Armelle Kergall considers "Anatomy of a
French family" as a lifetime project. A project in development,
perpetually enriched with discoveries, unexpected meetings and
Armelle Kergall is a French photographer currently based in Tokyo. Launched in 2003, her photographic project Anatomie d’une famille française (Anatomy of a French family) seizes moments of everyday life. It invites the spectator to question the invisible that brings together a bloodline.
Family loyalty, collective memory and atavism are all topics discussed in her work. Her lush colored pictures taken with a medium format camera take us into an universe which is reminiscent of Renaissance portraits.