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Samuel
Gratacap

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Série Les Naufragés, 2014

Samuel Gratacap

Born in 1982
Lives and works in Paris, France

Samuel Gratacap graduated from the fine art school of Marseille (ESBAM) in 2010. Curious about the reality behind the immigration data, he ventured into the administrative detention center of Marseille in 2007. There, he discovered a transit space, the “15-15” to use the expression of a man then met in the visiting room: “detained for fifteen days and judged in fifteen minutes”. Samuel Gratacap shot people looking for a future, for what they call “luck”. He also collected testimonies that brought him to Lampedusa (Italy) in 2010. A sort of journey backwards. There again, the photograph tried to capture the “shameful” side of the Italian island. Shaken by the fate of shipwrecked immigrants, inhabitants collect washed-up items. From these found documents, Samuel Gratacap built a subjective story that brought him further away, to Zarzis, a coastal city of South Tunisia, and then to the Choucha refugee camp, a few kilometers away from the Libyan frontier. During the summer 2013, when the international organizations officially closed the camp, the migrants who did not secure refugee status took the road of Libya. The photograph then travelled to Tripoli where he continued his work on confinements places and waiting zones for daily workers. – Natalie Thiriez

Samuel Gratacap received a grant from the CNAP in 2012 (aid fund for documentary contemporary photography) then the prize BAL-ADAGP de la jeune création in 2013. His first monographic exhibition entitled La Chance was held at the CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon of Sète in 2014. His 2-years long project in the Choucha refugee camp of Tunisia (2012-2014) also gave way to a monographic exhibition at the BAL (Paris) in 2015 and to a publication by Filigranes. The same year, he earned a special mention from the jury during the Plat(t)form portfolio viewing organized at the Fotomuseum of Winterthur, along with a research grant from the FNAGP and the Agnès b. endowment fund for the project Les Naufragé(e)s (Libya) exhibited at the Arab World Institute during the Biennale of Photography in the Contemporary Arab World. In 2017, he won the “Arendt Prize for the European month of photography” following his monographic exhibition at the MUDAM. The same year, he presented “Fifty Fifty” during the Rencontres d’Arles, an exhibition around Libya, tired apart between war and the migrant situation.

Empire

Samuel Gratacap

Léa Bismuth

2015

ISBN : 978-2-35046-372-8

« Situé en Tunisie à 7 km du poste de frontière avec la Libye, le camp de Choucha est devenu un lieu de transit pour plusieurs centaines de milliers de réfugiés d’origine subsaharienne qui ont dû fuir la guerre en Libye. Depuis 2011, date d’apparition du camp dans le désert tunisien, j’ai suivi le quotidien des réfugiés. Mon travail photographique et vidéo rend compte de l’espace-temps particulier de ce lieu de vie marqué par l’attente. L’attente liée aux différentes étapes des demandes d’asile déposées par les réfugiés qui se mêle à la tension de ces destins suspendus dans un lieu temporaire, devenu pérenne par la force des choses, pour finalement disparaître. »     Samuel Gratacap

Filigranes Editions

Co-production
Le Bal – ADAGP – Fonds de dotation agnès b.
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    Le Journal des arts, september 2017

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    Beaux Arts, august 2017

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