Le Moulin des Ribes watermill in Grasse and its life are the protagonists of this book, made of photos taken by Julien Carreyn in March 2020. The volume reports these photographs, collected and elaborated by the artist and Myriam Barchechat to evoke the memories and suggestions of the French landscapes’ life and idyllic atmosphere.
Invited by the Società delle Api (Silvia Fiorucci and Cristiano Raimondi), Julien Carreyn settled in the watermill and spent his days observing and photographing its constituting elements, including paintings, meadows, inhabitants, and guests, and using instant cameras (such as the Polaroid SX-70) to capture the bucolic scenarios that surrounded him. However, with the beginning of the health crisis that plunged Europe into the first lockdown, his stay, which was supposed to last a month, was suddenly interrupted. He returned to Paris and spent his days on the banks of the Loire with his family and friends. Still obsessed with certain mental images–such as the small paintings of Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato–he reworked them, borrowing his son’s gouache tablets and painting on small pieces of cardboard. Mixed with the images, these fragments evoke the verse of turned cards, like a game of an interrupted “original memory.”
Format: 20,5 x 27 cm
Photographs: Julien Carreyn
Design: Myriam Barchechat
Publisher: Nero, Società delle Api