23, Photographer, Lyon (France)
Winner of IEAA first edition, 2011-2012
Jury member for IEAA 2012-2013 edition
Winning the first edition of the International Emerging Artist Award was a thrilling experience. It is one of the most important awards I have received and it helped me a lot to have confidence in my work. It was the occasion to travel in an amazing country and to meet passionate people. Of course, it was also the opportunity of a beautiful art exhibition. After the contest, the award was a way to give value to my work, when I introduced it to clients for example.
Tell us about your trip to Dubai, it was your first time in the UAE, how would you describe this city to the artists who don’t know it? What emotions and memories do you keep from it?
Dubai is very different from French cities. The first thing that struck me was of course the size of the city, which is incredibly big, with high buildings and giant roads.The blue color struck me too, it was overwhelming and beautiful. Aesthetically, I loved the contrast of this modern city with the near desert. I took some pictures both in the desert and in the city, but the most interesting thing was the interaction between the two worlds. One moment I was in the middle of a huge city with hundreds of people, and the moment after I was in the middle of nowhere, with only sand and a few camels around me.
Many candidates are questioning before participating. What would you tell them? How the relationship with IEAA developed over time? Do you have a particular message to send to the artists from the previous edition?
I think the contest is a great artistic, professional and human opportunity. The prizes are really interesting (an exhibition road show, a travel to Dubai and I am now a jury member), but it was also the occasion to meet high profile people from the art scene. During the opening of the exhibition, I met some of the Top 10 candidates which I all congratulate for their beautiful and personal series, and I even met another French participant who specially came for the opening, it was amazing! I also liked the fact I was not “forgotten” right after the travel and exhibition; on the contrary, I’ve kept regular contact with Rebia Naim, the Award Director who was a great support during the whole experience and even after. She always asks about my projects and she offered me to be exposed outside the award at different occasions.
Julie, what are your projects for the months or even years to come?
At the moment, I have two main projects. First, my book «Dreamalities » which has just been published, and which is composed of my work from the 4 past years. Then, my new series entitled “Strangers”, which is composed of pictures depicting interactions between humans and animals. It is a questioning upon the first contacts and relationships we have with strangers. And for the coming years… everything is possible!
How do you see your role as a jury member for the 2012-2013 edition? What are your expectations and what advice do you have for the participants?
I really can’t wait to see the submitted projects. I'm sure that I'll be amazed and I hope I'll discover personal series with strong meanings and consistent aesthetic. I'd just advise the contestants to submit personal works, series in which they put their heart.