an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 18-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Hélène David. Location: Marseille, France Copyright Wondereur 2018.

MEET with artist Karine Rougier curated by premier talent spotter Dorothée Dupuis.

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SOMETIMES I’LL CUT THE NOSE AND LEGS OUT.
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I’ll cut and cut and assemble. I’ll throw water on top and see if something emerges from it. I play with fragments from our reality and elaborate a different puzzle with them.
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This transformation takes a really long time.
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SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOCKED BY THE FINAL RESULT.
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I SEE WHY IT COULD BE DISTURBING. BUT IT WAS NOT MY INTENT.
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My friends and I purchased this old boat from 1967 called La fiancée du pirate. There’s a sense of freedom when you’re at sea, but also this contact with the underwater world.
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When you return on land, it's like being back from an adventure. You have a double perception of the territory.
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MARSEILLE IS AN INSPIRATION TO ME.
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I can spend hours watching the fishermen. Whenever I do that, I go back to the studio with my head full of images. It’s like fishermen are everywhere around me.
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MY DRAWINGS ARE NOT ABOUT ME.
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I’m constantly looking at botanical, anatomy books, watching old movies, reading stories from ancient Macedonian or Indian mythologies – stories of centaurs and half-human characters who turn into monkeys and fly.
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SOME IMAGES ARE FILLED WITH MAGIC POWER. I LIKE TO BE SURROUNDED BY IT.
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I’ll use these different images to create another existence, more savage, more mystical, closer to nature.
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I’M LOOKING FOR THAT OTHER DIMENSION INSIDE A WORLD INSIDE ANOTHER WORLD.
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I like the contrast between the freedom of making shapes that I don’t control and the decision process that follows. That’s when I use the pencil - to add some control and start shaping some kind of life.
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THE BIGGER THE CANVAS, THE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO CREATE A WORLD - BIG OR SMALL.