Julie Hascoët
in Carleton-sur-mer


Murs de l’Atlantique (The Atlantic Wall)

Julie Hascoët, Brest, France | experiments.fr

Murs de l’Atlantique (2013-2020) is research carried out around the Breton region that presents a visual dialogue between two phenomena: the remains of the Atlantic Wall, those blockhouses that stud the coastline in a heavy and permanent way; and the free parties, those illegal techno happenings that appear spontaneously in the countryside and on the coast before quickly disappearing. Walls of sound, fortified compounds, makeshift settlements, radicalness of materials, sounds and elements: this project focuses on the ways of occupying spaces (margins, in this case), on architecture (be it immutable or, on the contrary, rudimentary) and on partying, read as a guerilla operation allowing for a breach beyond all categorization, all control. Following the coastline, getting off the beaten path and starting from the figure of the wall, this series of photographs questions the construction of a collective identity, the sense of belonging to a community – however temporary it may be – that lives in secret and in illegality. This body of images traces seven years of parties and drifting.

Exhibition at Rencontres

Murs de l’Atlantique (The Atlantic Wall)

Born in France in 1989, Julie Hascoët does multifaceted work that goes beyond the strict framework of photography to embrace the fields of publishing, installation and curatorial practice. Since 2013, when she co-founded it, she has been one of the heads of Zines of the Zone, a mobile dissemination and encounter platform devoted to self-published forms of the photobook and whose sphere of activity falls at the intersection of exhibition, collection, inventory and travel. A graduate of the École nationale supérieure de la photographie in Arles (2012), she concerns herself with isolated regions and their occupation, and spaces that attempt to flee the map, blending a poetic approach to landscape with a human dimension, more political, on the margins. Since settling in Brest in 2019 she has occasionally organized concerts and curated exhibits. Her photographic work was recently recognized with the Gabriele Basilico Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography.