Bronze / 2018 / Portraiture / Family

Anatomie d'une famille française

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Family
  • Company
  • Photographer
    Armelle Kergall

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 a lineage? 
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 revelations.

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.