Within the framework of the festival L’Oeil Urbain, in Corbeil-Essonnes, Stéphane Duroy displays his series Distress, shot in the United Kingdom.
“This depiction of the human condition and its interminable frustrations, from boredom to despair to resignation, is a contemporary reflection on the profound injustices that left Europe mired in tragedy for much of the 20th century.
The rejection then of humanist values in a Europe blinded by fear led many to embrace abject totalitarianism.
Today, we are seeing a resurgence of this human tragedy. Whether it is experienced as solitude, joblessness, social exclusion, racism and anti-Semitism, such distress constitutes a threat to society when a minority of individuals gains access to knowledge, leaving the majority in ignorance and contempt.”
Stéphane Duroy (December 2010)