Les Bords réels by Adrien Selbert published by Le bec en l’air is one of the 10 books selected by the 2021 jury of the Nadar Prize, which has been awarded since 1955 to books devoted to photography published by French publishers during the past year.
The Bosnian war ended 25 years ago and the country seems to be plunged into a lethargy where everyone is wandering in their own time and in their beliefs. The dead and the living, the Bosnians, the Serbs and the Croats, the veterans of the conflict and the youth born in its rubble. Bosnia revives old demons, plays with fire. It is no longer war, it is not peace.
How to translate into photography the strange feeling of a time that never ends dying, the muted violence that runs through the country? How to summon the ghosts that stand in the background of the images?
In this sense, this work is a state of time, more than a state of the place. Les Bords réels is the image of Bosnia today: fragmentary, ghostly, disoriented, vibrant and chaotic at the same time. The photographer takes the bodies as witnesses. Gestures and postures translate the way the country stands, revealing the splintering into myriad communities and beliefs, as if after a blast.
By investing this evanescent territory, it is the very limits of his practice – documentary photography – that Adrien Selbert challenges here.
During Paris Photo Fair 2021, Le bec en l’air publisher organizes a meeting & book signing with Adrien Selbert on Saturday, November 13 at 3 pm, at booth SE5 of the Grand Palais éphémère.