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Hervé Jézéquel Baramor (Sea Bread), #57, 2010-13

Inkjet print on Canson Platine fibre rag 310g, 40 x 50 cm
(HJ-0005) Extra info

Signed and numbered 1/11
Location: Finistère, Brittany 

""Sea Bread" is a literal translation from an old expression in Breton. It talks about a story of fishermen and farmers who where very poor. During the past time XIX to early XX century, they worked very hard. To make more some money, they (often women and child) went after the storm to pick seaweed on the beach and it was for them a possibility to buy a little more food for family. Since the XVII century there is a special law for a people who live in this part of Brittany. If you found something on a strand, it's for you and you don't have to pay tax for that or give it back. In this region you have a story about plundering wrecks that was deliberately run aground ships on the coast to take the property, but it's another story... they are many stories about stranding and drift there...

My "sea bread" series want to recall this old practice in Brittany which consists in everything that you can find, use or transform... During several winters I have been in a small village called Porspoder; it's a kind of end of the world. 

I often like to give attention to an objet which the people usually don't like, touch or see. I pick the roots of a very large seaweed which was torn off by a storm and rolled in a deep ocean, during many days. It would arrive on the beach partially deformed and destroyed. The interesting thing for me is also the question of the point of view on this strange form (like sculpture). Sometimes it appears like anthopological or monstruous faces. I don't want to play too much with this effect, but there is something manifest, like a portrait from immemorial time."

Hervé Jézéquel