Entre Set et Mer is a series of photographs about the history and the people of Salin-de-Giraud, a village located south-east of the Rhône river in Camargue, France.
The village was built at the end of the nineteenth century and became the hub of the emerging salt industry of the time; it is renowned for its salt production still today. Among other minorities, Camargue became home to many Greek refugees from Asia Minor. Throughout the generations, Greek men have been working as laborers in the salt extraction companies. With the passage of time, they formed a strong rural community and Salin-de-Giraud became their home. Today, the salt extraction companies have minimized their operations and have dismissed a great number of employees.
Through my encounter with members from the remaining community, I was inspired to photograph a place in transition that has seen deterioration over time, where the vibrant communal life of the past transpires as a phantom in the empty streets of the village. The prospective tourist and residential development projects mark the end of an era that has been unrecorded. They also mark the transformation of the glorious landscape that has surrounded the village throughout the centuries, which resembles a place at the end of world–‘au bout du monde’ as they call it.
“a place in transition that has seen deterioration over time, where the vibrant communal life of the past transpires as a phantom in the empty streets of the village”
Two photographs of the project will be on show at The Future Perfect for Photoville 2016 (September 21-25), New York.
After completing her studies in business and engineering at the Metsovian Polytechnic School in Athens, Marily Konstantinopoulou studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and the École Supérieure Nationale de la Photographie in Arles. The diversity of her background has enabled her to work on cultural management and research projects, while maintaining an individual photographic practice. She is currently the Stavros Niarchos Fellow at the Research and Development Department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and she was recently been selected as the New Museum’s fellow for IdeasCity Athens, a high-profile platform that explores the future of cities through the arts and culture.
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