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Virginie Terrasse July 22, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in France.

From the project “Voluptas”. Paris, France 2001

Virgine Terrasse (b. 1976, France) became a  freelance photographer in 2002. She has been published in France by Le Monde, la Croix, Courriers de l’Atlas, L’expansion, Regards and Libération among others. Her documentary emphasis communities (Sikhs of Bobigny, Paris region), countries (Albania), areas of tension (Middle-East, Tibet) where history has been recently changed and stories aren’t well known. Since 2012 she’s working on a project in Greenland. In 2010, her documentary “La Palestine comment ?” was awarded at the Levallois-Epson prize for contemporary photography. In 2011 for the same work she was shortlisted at the HSBC award. Her multimedia and photographic work has been presented in several French and European festivals. Virginie also she leads workshops in photography and  multimedia in Paris.

About the Photograph:

“In 1926, the architect Le Corbusier developed in the Athens charter the idea of separating a city into two parts : “commoditas”, for spaces reserved to vehicles, and “voluptas”, for pedestrians and buildings. This revolutionary concept was put into practice forty years later, in the business district “La Défense”, in western Paris. This example is unique. Even in the United States streets are still left to cars, and the buildings are as high as possible. The pictures in this corpus illustrate life in Europe’s greatest business center where, despite some 140,000 workers present on a daily basis, solitude is everywhere. It is hypnotizing, drawing us into silence and disaffection. For Le Corbusier, To let in sunshine is an architect’s most imperative duty, and a city must be like an immense park. Promised to a radiant outcome, has this architectural concept kept its promise? In this modern village, I am looking for the organization codes to human relations, in an architectural environment that, at first sight, doesn’t facilitate them. This work is a study on people’s daily life, in an overwhelming environment.”