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December 2010: Graziella Antonini

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ABSENCE

“Your body in one place and your mind in another”.
This phrase sums up the feeling I had when taking the photo
in this as yetunfinished room at La Belle Juliette.

Which is why it’s an self portrait.

There was also this feeling of uncertainty: a departure, an arrival?
A place which fills up or is emptied of its furniture? And thus, absence.

This explains this excerpt from a letter by Chateaubriand to Juliette Récamier, after she had left for Rome:

« … rue de l’Abbaye, I will never go back there, you will no longer be there. This was your choice. Will you come back to me again? It seems you do not care! »

Hôtel La Belle Juliette
December 2010

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