Territory of the cinematograph, 2019-2021
For two years, at the invitation of the Maison de l’image d’Aubenas and the association Les Écrans de Valence, Frédéric Lecloux led a creative photographic residency intended to bring to light the territorial integration of cinema in the Ardèche and the Drôme, and more broadly in the rural world. From the most important festivals to the most popular screenings under the stars, from classrooms to dark rooms, from villages to villages, from towns to valleys, and even to the farthest reaches of the Ardèche plateau, he shows that cinema remains an experience that powerfully links the intimate to the collective.
As is often the case when Frédéric Lecloux uses the language of photography to explore his relationship with the world, writing quickly became one of the gestures of this experience and he decided to accompany his photographic narrative with a journal. Interrupted by the pandemic, which led to the closure of the cinemas, he nevertheless continued to write. He tells what photography does not always allow him to say: the strength of some unforgettable encounters, the unfailing commitment of those who keep cinema alive on a daily basis, what filming and photographing means today, the diffusion of culture in rural areas.