* The Path

The Path, video, 2017

The Path (“Dróżka”) is the story of my journey in the Maritime Alps, following a single train line, from the Vallée des Merveilles (the Valley of Wonders) to the Italian-French border in Ventimiglia, through the valley of the rivers Roya and Bévéra. For thousands of years, travellers, merchants, pilgrims, refugees, shepherds and their sheep have roamed this land. They would etch signs in the red stone of the Vallée des Merveilles, as they passed by. To this day, wanderers still travel these mountains, some hoping to start a new life in a new country.

Every encounter, every word was relevant and they form the portrait of a territory that is a transition point and geographical boundary. There were no coincidences on my path.

My guides were the people I met along the way: Céline, a shepherd, Alain, a botanist, 10-year-old Maëllys and her father Thierry who is a controller in the train "des Merveilles”, Thibauld, a tourist guide, and Ibrahim, a singer from Sudan.