Guillaume Herbaut, in December 2016, as part of a “commission from the Cnap and the association CéTaVoir” on youth in France, asked the Geek2 to pose in front of his camera. An image construction with the young people of the town of Tergnier to go even further into their imaginary universe.
Tergnier, a town of 14,000 inhabitants in the middle of Picardy. This cheminote town was known for its city built on Raoul Dautry’s plans referring to a locomotive. All the activity was focused on the SNCF workshops. In the 1990s, the workshops were restructured, laying off some of the workers. Today, Tergnier seems to be at the end of the world. A town with more than 20% unemployment, 40% of which is among young people. What is striking here is the spirit of solidarity. A heritage of the railway spirit.
Cédric Carlier is an interpreter, but at the same time he created in 2012 a curious association: Geek2
We see him every Saturday with a merry team of teenagers and young adults: dressed in black, ear piercings, tattoos on their arms, weapons in hand; swords, baseball bats, some of them wearing masks; skull and crossbones, face with scarred wax. With a camera in his hand, he shoots a series made of junk and junk that tells the story of characters who are half hero, half manga with super powers.