1985 France born Julien Boudet aka Bleu Mode returned to his hometown for a reportage on a seaport stopover. Currently placed between New York and Paris, the journey to his place of birth, its inhabitants and his own gaze come together in the singular form of ‘Bleus Visages’.
“Bleus Visages tells the tale of a community and describes its scenery, sea and sky swimming together in the background. The port, with its bridges, wharfs and piers; departures and arrivals; embarkation and terminal; sailing off and anchoring. Sea and sky flow over every last thing and every single day, covering the least worry or moment of glee in a great blue magma. It will go unseen. Or rather, the frame will lose its dominant colour, allowing it to emerge more strongly, gain presence against a backdrop of absence,” writes the publisher.
‘Bleus Visages’ also recounts the characters who come to perform their lives on the Sète stage. Each face, each body illustrates a one-way journey, an exile – an uprooting and an anticipation. The blue of a face speaks not only of geography, but of history, and of individual stories.
Bleus Visages by Julien Boudet