Immigrant Song

The inhumanity of Trump’s policy toward immigrants has aroused my anger. It has inspired me to continue the project I started 15 years ago.

For this new series of 4stones, I invite immigrants living around me in New York City to arrange four pebbles any way they like. Then I quickly shoot a picture to record the stones’ position. Later, I reproduce the composition and make my final photograph.

I photograph my immigrant friends using a Holga plastic lens, which lacks definition, to retranscribe some of the loss of identity. To print my images, I use an alcohol transfer process on watercolor paper that symbolizes the movement from one country to another and from one life to another. It can be unpredictable like the immigration process and show some unexpected results. Arches 88, the watercolor paper I print on, is made by Canson, the art supplier of my childhood in France.