Quarantine Blossom

Aspiring artist from Paris Julie Coulon about the quarantine, inspiration and home city, that she has been getting re-acquainted with by photographing it.
Julie Coulon
«Cooking was my favorite occupation at the beginning. I was experimenting any recipe I can, and it was not always good. I think I've made the worst polish raviolis earth ever seen. But is there a better time to fail recipe?»
How has social distancing affected your daily life?
It affects it a lot. I can't meet with my family, work on my graduation show at school, or even having a part time job. I was supposed to travel to Italy and make some images there, and I really don't know when it will be possible again.

But I feel very lucky in this tough period, Paris is sunnier than ever, there is barely no cars in the street, and I have some wonderful art pieces in my place, some artist friends made, and I can really take the time to look at it.
How are your compatriots adapting to the new conditions in France?
I don't really know how people are dealing with the quarantine out of Paris. When we chat with friends from the city, we are more afraid of the after quarantine time, and the economic crisis that will sadly happen.

We are also talking about traveling again. Before the quarantine, going to Berlin, for example, from Paris, was simple as going to south of France. I have some friends from the United states I was supposed to meet this summer in Europe, and it is pretty sad not knowing when I will see them again.
How has coronavirus influenced your work?
It makes me focus on working around the images I've made. Making a portfolio, writing text, building a website, etc. Now, when it is done, I would like to make portraits of people in my neighborhood. Usual I work in a photo studio, going out is not the usual way for me.
FORGERS (1975)

Thanks to Félix Deschamps, Maï Saïkusa 2019
Lamba print, american box
200x125 cm

With the painter Félix Deschamps Mak, we made the photography Forgers, 1975, echoing to Helene Beltracchi's portrait. The image represents Helene Beltracchi, the wife of the famous forger Wolfgang Beltracchi. The original portrait was made to authentify the forgers' canvas. It helps them building the story of an art collector in the 40's, who never exist, but gave their forgeries a pinch of authenticity.

So, we decided to set ourselves as art collectors, with an Edward Munch vampire painting Félix have made for the image. The idea was to talk about the notion of fake, and also a more intimate subject: being a woman in a relationship.

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