Inspired by Fernand Deligny anti-psychatric researchs, the
french association J'interviendrais offers to kids with deep
autism to live collectively in differents contryhouses. Out of the
walls, we walking off the path, cross wild torrents or looking for
abandoned houses to make drawings with color chalks. For
them, a break. For us, a journey.
Autistan, a land of great unattainable desert. Among that tribe,
communication is always a magical story. It is unique for every
child, there are no manuel to enter their own world. Immersion
is powerful, the work is exhausting. In absence of all morality, lie
is unforgivable. This particular childhood is true, brute, savage.
They swing between presence and absence, pure sweetness
and ultra violence. The idea is to find a gateway with every
kids, they only open the door if they want to. No one never
force them to.
This photographic work began strongly with David,
« nomadic » child returned from mental institutions. « Incurable ,
unbearable, unlivable » experts sayed about him. He reached
eighteen years but always seemed to have only four. A year
later, no more news from David. One of the private Belgian
mental hospital, where hundred of children are exported every
year and kind of disappear between their walls, remained
quiet. David was gone. He left behind him traces of violence
and memories of laugh and tears. And a picture also.