ARMELLE KERGALL “Selfies 1920-2020” Armelle Kergall, born in 1978, is a French photographer currently based in Tokyo. Her work revolves around the concepts of family loyalty, collective memory and the atavistic behavior surrounding the internal family’s structure.
In 2005, she started to portray her own family creating a series called “Anatomy of a French family”. As she went by, she realized that that some elements of her family’s past deeply resonated with her. Then, she decided to start to investigate her family tree and that is how she found, deep inside a closet, the first fragment of the gigantic photographic archive of her grandfather.
As it turned out, her grandfather, Antoine Kergall, who passed away before Armelle was even born, had the same obsession as hers. Even though he was a journalist and a war hero, his true passion was to constantly take pictures staging himself in different situations capturing the passing of time, exactly as Armelle does.
In this exhibition, Armelle presents a series of collages juxtaposing her grandfather’s “selfies” and her own, depicting their happy memories in parallel: birth, honeymoon, holiday events etc.