Alessandra Sanguinetti Ahmet and his bird. Ahmet and his family are kurdish refugees from Turkey living in the projects of north Marseille. Quartiers Nord, Marseille, France. 2016. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos

Le Gendarme Sur La Colline (The Policeman on the Hill) brings together a new body of work from Alessandra Sanguinetti, as part of the second installment of Immersion, A French American Photography Commission, a program between the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Aperture Foundation.

Sanguinetti began her stay in France in Calais, the main seaport for anyone coming from the USA, and then traveled the country by bus, by train, or by car, from Calais to Marseille, before completing her residency in Paris. Sanguinetti explores a France in which traditions are being played out in a variety of ways as the culture begins to shift in relation to migration, growing contrasts between isolated rural communities and the more cosmopolitan cities, alongside other contemporary stresses. Rather than a documentary approach, Sanguinetti’s photographs offer an intuitive, lyrical journey that engages with the classic cultural tropes of France, as well as with the fairytales that persist and help define what it means to be French, even today.

 

Alessandra Sanguinetti Ivana. Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France. 2016. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti Claudine. Deauville, France. 2016. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti The vendor. Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France. 2016. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti Eidel. Marseille, France. 2016. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti Mise en place. Calais, Pas-de-Calais, France. 2016. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos

Coproduced with the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.

About the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès alliance with Aperture Foundation.

In 2014, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès launched a program of photographers’ residencies and exchanges, exhibitions, and publications with Aperture Foundation in New York. The program marks the renewed commitment of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès to intervene upstream in the creative process, with support for the production of new photographic work, and a new partnership with a distinguished, internationally acclaimed photography institution.

More information can be found here.

Alessandra Sanguinetti Saint-Martin-Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France. 2016. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos