Eager to explore how Men and environment interfere on the path to the “death zones” (areas of Earth where conditions are mortal for human life), I did my first trip to the Khumbu region of Nepal in November 2015. The intricate mix of mystical atmosphere and trivial traces of the reality at this altitude moved me.
To apprehend the complexity of life in these territories, where rock, stones and ice take over the vegetation, creating a deserted land imagined as pristine, I decided to focus on human scale, to collect traces, whether thehumans are inhabitants, tourists, himalayists, military forces, etc. To grasp the different layers of interaction, I went twice, to experiment 2 different realities depending on altitudes and access: in the valleys as a tourist with a hiking tour-operator (2015), in the higher lands and passes with trail-runners athletes (2016). There, I was confronted to the trickery of the extreme tourism and their crowd of customers, sherpas, tour operators but also, to the fascinating landscapes where no man should go, closer to the infamous "death zone", where the human body consumes itself.
Journalist: Why do you want to climb Mount Everest, Sir? George Mallory: Because it is there.
On each trip, recording evidences to notify how beings negotiate with this hostile Nature, how they craft their stay, how adaptation works, how they imprint those remote areas, is my path to seize what we all have in common, to explore our capacities and our identity. In the set up at La Librairie des Alpes, I want to play and display my images in large and more modest format, some artefacts from the trips and to mix them with the books that nourished my drawn to go or accompanied me during that time in Nepal.
Librairie des Alpes
Rare books, nowhere-to-be-found guides, ancient maps, original engravings, curious objects, vintage or contemporary prints... the "Librairie des Alpes" is the base camp for mountain-lovers since 1933.