France, July 2022 - Present

JPM explores my Algerian roots and holds space for a photographic dialogue with my father who unexpectedly passed away on February 20, 2022 at age 68 in Toulouse, France. Due to the Covid-19-related travel and visa restrictions, I couldn’t fly from Los Angeles to attend his funeral. 

He was born in Algiers, Algeria, during the Algerian War of Independence, which he experienced first-hand until he moved to France in the early 1960s with his parents and three sisters. He became a photojournalist at Agence France Presse (AFP) in Paris and covered French and international news. While we were close at the end of his life, I sadly did not know him much, since my parent separated when I was 2 years old. 

The project consists of pictures of his house as I found it in July and August 2022, after being unable to travel to France for three years. The house was intact but I had little time to sort through it and sell it before flying back to Los Angeles in late August 2022. Grief struck hard. My loss became all the more real.

Additional material that is yet to be produced and that will be woven into the project comprises: his personal documents, extensive archive of scanned negatives, landscapes he loved, 3D scans of his personal belongings, his–often incomplete–photographic gear, and archival research about the Algerian War of Independence.

This project is developed in the context of the Penumbra Foundation 2024 Long Term Photobook Program.

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