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Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue

Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue

ALL THESE MANUFACTURED OBJECTS FOUND DURING RITUAL WALKS ARE NOT JADE PEBBLES THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD. BUT FOR SEVERAL CENTURIES, IT APPEARS THAT SAPIENS KNOW HOW TO DISTINGUISH THEM. THE LEAST CONTROVERSIAL CONCLUSION FOR THE MOMENT IS THAT WE ARE FACED WITH SERIOUS INDICATIONS OF AN AFFIRMED AWARENESS THAT THESE DISCOVERIES ARE NO MORE ETERNAL THAN THE SAPIENS.

On my daily pilgrimage, I sometimes think of "misery row", a word that the ancients had chosen to name the place where they had migrated to live. What they meant was that they had had a lot of trouble clearing the land, removing the stones and cultivating the plots. It was the land they chose to live on that did this.

For the past few years, I have been walking along a row with one still active farmer, a sixteen percent representation of the six families established in the middle of the last century. The barns are gone. The word "misery" has disappeared, replaced by "Cochrane Road" or "Doddridge Road", as if the original places had been magnified.

I find objects with a mysterious and sacred quality, with the potential to develop a visual language of empathy for those who were the last people to touch them, with the potential to develop a visual language of empathy for those who were the last people to touch them. Photographing these objects from above, at the height and rhythm of the walker, I call upon aestheticism to magnify and challenge : everything becomes clearer. These fragments testify to their dispossession and the blind spots of our memory.

Contrary to jade which, according to certain beliefs, had healing powers or the ability to ward off evil spirits, Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue is sometimes invoked to recover health or find lost objects. (1) Many were never found, making it impossible to imagine the quantity of objects lost in the wild. Like the farmers, they gradually disappeared from sight.

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