Auckland Festival of Photography Trust is pleased to present the work of Award winning photojournalist, Jeanne Taris, France.
There are six or maybe seven thousand Gitans living in the Saint-Jacques district in the historic heart of Perpignan. In this network of little streets and lanes, the houses are dilapidated, sometimes insanitary; the children are outside until late at night, few go to school. The women, sitting on folding chairs on their doorsteps, watch them play; the men, often absent, take a siesta or hang around in the local squares.
For years, drugs have ravaged the young people. The evangelical churches, as active as they are conservative, trying to guide inhabitants of the locality. In Saint Jacques few people work, due to intergenerational low socio economic situation and lack of opportunities.
Since September 2016, Jeanne has made regular visits to the St. Jacques district - meeting people from the neighbourhood, sharing meals, spending nights together, accompanying them as they go about their everyday lives.
In July 2018, she carried off the Leica International Portfolio Award at the Festival Voies Off in Arles.
Since then her Awards and accolades have included Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards, Maghreb Photography Awards, Invitée d'honneur journées du reportage 2019, Cuba Libre, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Finaliste des photographies de l’année - APPPF plus more with her work in exhibitions in Malaysia, Italy, Arles 2019 and Nuit De La Photo, Lausanne.
Participating in the Festival with the support of the French Embassy.
Talking Culture - Artist Talk
6-6:45pm Thurs 28 May
12pm(noon)-12:45pm Sun 31 May
Jeanne Taris Award winning photojournalist will talk about her photographic practice. Read more and Zoom in to join the talk...