Marie Hudelot: Heritage
French-Algerian photographer Marie Hudelot created the series ‘Heritage’ working with ritual, family heritage and decorative costumes, drawing inspiration from her own background. Hudelot explains: “My mother is Algerian and my father is French. I used the pictorial tradition of still life and suggest different characters where their accessories come from different customs.” The faceless characters encourage the viewer to identify with the shown person, raising questions about their own origins and traditions.
I worked by using the pictorial tradition of still lives. I chose to put forward characters where the nature and objects they carry come from different rites and customs.
The photographs can be grouped into three metaphorical categories:
Firstly the “mark”, with elements of uncultivated land, evocative death and rebirth.
Secondly, the “fight” with a reinterpretation of the various struggles and honors of war, as a tribute to ancestors, veterans sometimes death indifference or anonymity of the war.
And finally, the symbol of “femininity” located in the context of two cultures, French and Algerian, sometimes felt as a dichotomy, sometimes as a sign of diversity.
Here jewels, feathers, branches, flowers, hats, decorative ribbons become evocative symbols of seduction, femininity, youth, memory, struggle, life and death.
Playing on the accumulation of symbols, and profusion of accessories the subjects become still life-like totems or family crests.