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A vision of knowledge through a fragments’ accumulation

Mar 04, 2019 - Zoe Aubry

I would talk with you about the image’s deconstruction and the gestures of opposition through “Impact, in Search of (R)evolution, Typological & aesthetic hypothesis”, establishing the surface of our faces as an interface between person and ideology, suggesting correlations between physiognomies, expressions and political convictions.


— A vision of knowledge through a fragments’ accumulation —


Alphonse Bertillon or Cesare Lombroso, during the early days of criminology (late 19th century), these gentlemen wanted to define the potential criminals by physical fragments through the comparative study of photographs.


Bertillon’s processes were put into practice in the courthouse as early as 1882, and since then all nations have sent students to this great school. The bertillonnage has been universally adopted despite the rarity of such a reputation for French discovery.


Lombroso concluded that deviance and crime are biological phenomena that can be distinguished into five types. The anatomical and physiological characteristics of the criminal therefore make it possible to differentiate him clearly.


Inventor of forensic identification, establishing the surface of our faces as an interface between the individual and society, Alphonse Bertillon and the delicate and contemporary reflection that can be made have guided me in the conception of my work as a hypothesis, an attempt of culturalist analysis, without wishing to essentialize my subjects.


The first part of the corpus « Impact, in Search of (R)evolution », « Typological & aesthetic hypothesis » is an aesthetic study of the Jura autonomist movement based on archival documents. It tries to establish the typical portrait of the emblematic Jurassien.


I examine the physical and social typologies of members of the autonomist movement, suggesting correlations between physiognomies and expressions related here to their ideology.


This typological question which derives deriving from my approach remains open.