Naufrages | FMA Le Bureau



From the port of Sète to Tangier, Mathias Ponard questions the notions of exile, origins, and the ocean’s forces of attraction and separation. In this “space between two lands”, men look over the body of water towards the other shore.

Fascinated by the omnipresence of these inaccessible destinations, Mathias photographs men in their daily sea-facing rituals. From his roof overlooking the kasbah, he also observes women as they hang clothes out to dry. It therefore seems almost natural for him to choose hand-embroidered fabric as the canvas for his sunlight-revealed cyanotypes. Sentences, fragments of found or invented poems help guide this navigation…