La Diagonale Aride, 2013 – 2014

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© Baptiste Schmitt

The “Diagonale Aride” is a geographical region in France that stretches from the Ardennes to the department of Cantal at the foot of the Massif Central. The expression was inspired by the geographer Roger Béteille, who used the phrase “la Diagonale du Vide” in his book “La France du Vide” to refer to a group of regions that have been strongly affected by rural desertification.
My work in the territory of the “Diagonale Aride” has been guided by the need to verify that the term refers to a real phenomenon. I have chosen to focus on certain historic and geographic sites that are evocative of the region. In experiencing this journey, I have come to understand the distinctiveness of this “dry zone” as compared with the rest of France. (BS)

Interview

headphone Baptiste Schmitt by Andrea Rohner

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headphone Baptiste Schmitt by Thomas Flahaut

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Bio

Baptiste Schmitt (1988, France) vit et travaille à Issenheim en Alsace. Il est diplômé en photographie de l’Ecole supérieure d’arts appliqués du Centre d’enseignement professionnel de Vevey (CEPV). Il est lauréat du prix Perspectives 2015 (La Chambre, Strasbourg) et ses travaux ont été exposés en 2013 à La Nuit des images, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne et au théâtre de l’Arsenic, Lausanne.

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