j'aime mon quartier, je ramasse [2011– ]

during my first years in paris, finding and keeping notes, photographs, letters, etc. [a philia shared by many] became a way to better know the city and creating my own topography and visual anecdotage. every photo, every note revealed certain aspects of my neighbourhood, and obscured others: who discarded such personal items so lightly? what was the story behind them?

j'aime mon quartier, je ramasse [about this title] is now an ongoing project [for details, click on any image] that started with an exhibition held at the gallery of the cité des arts in 2007. a diaporama of notes and photographs i had found during my years as active flâneuse was projected onto a large window, alternating images and a message that read: is this yours? have you lost anything? inquire here. [see flyer for the exhibition]

inside, mounted on a wall, were all the objects, framed, numbered and signed [like this]: transformed into “art pieces”, thus owners could identify and claim their objects and take them home with added value. obviously, they weren't claimed.

still, each object (regardless of its insignificance) has the possibility of a story... even if it needs to be made up. these stories can now be found at j'aime mon quartier, je ramasse (losers, keepers) [more info on how the blog works] told with the invaluable help and talent of others. [for a list of writers in this project].