You are here is an uchronia. Monuments are deterritorialized in a wild and disproportionate nature … a post-human world. These monuments, emblems and symbols of culture, politics, territory, are full of stories and testify to our history, questioning the meaning of the trace dear to man as much as the law of impermanence dear to nature.

Leave a trace. Of his passage and his supremacy on Earth, major concern of the human being or way of exorcising his finitude? At the dawn of what some futurists call the 6th massive extinction of species, our civilization, anxious, asks the question of its future. The obsession to leave a trace is probably stronger than ever. Art appeals to our senses, our emotions, and our experience. Artists go through the ages. Their creations become icons, symbols of countries, whole cultures. Sculpture, architecture, graphic arts, painting, music, dance, theater, literature, poetry, cinema …

Rather than embedding them in post-production, I chose to photograph small-scale monuments, for the sake of naturalism as much as play. These miniatures in plastic, ceramic or metal, toys for children or souvenirs for tourists- collectors here become installations in virgin, raw, essential places.

At this scale, a plant becomes a forest, a piece of ice becomes an iceberg, and conversely a majestic waterfall a vulgar crachotis. If these imaginary instants are tiny and anecdotal, the staging of monuments in these untouched spaces provokes an anachronistic shift in the viewer, and by anthropomorphism invites us to question our reality, our landmarks and our lives.

Deserts and calm, obsolete monuments pose for me the question of the materiality of things, better materialism. The abandoned monument confronts the viewer with the ephemerality of our civilization, with the emptiness of our unbridled consumerism, and even more with the experience of dispossession. These imaginary ruins are a little Vanities of our time, they evoke a desire for immortality, the refusal of death, the tragic and the despair of the human condition. They become memento mori whose wild natural places are the heroes, mischievous witnesses of our decline …

Witnesses of the twenty-first century, are we today the monuments of a world that is afraid of disappearing?