Julie de Waroquier – Between dreams and reality, I create pictures which look like they escaped from imagination, which disturb the categories of the material world. The better to get back to our world however, with eyes fed by unusual yet familiar visions.
Thus I strive to explore the poetic value of the unconscious: each picture is to be seen as the rapture of a dream that would come true and that would be caught by the camera. I question the world by showing what our society denies, everything that belongs to fiction, poetry and dreams, and that is part and parcel of our reality.
I’m mostly interested in the links between private and public, between internal and external worlds. Dreams are indeed to be understood in a very broad meaning, not only as a night trip: it’s all our imaginary side that builds our connections to the world. We’re not directly related to things and people, we keep on being connected to how we intimately perceive them, and thus to how we dream our life. Dream is consequently our personal relationship to the world, how we perceive or want it to be.
In other words, there is no reality without imagination because our subjectivity receives and rebuilds everything. And dreaming, somehow, is like rising above our world to see it from another point of view. That is why dreaming can make us free and lucid. At the same time, material reality and its brutality keep on calling us back and remind us that dreaming can be illusory.
Dream and reality can’t exist without each other, and keep on influencing each other. Our connection to the others and to the world depends on this very relationship, and this is what I question in my pictures.
About Julie de Waroquier
Julie de Waroquier is a self-taught French creative photographer, also philosophy teacher, who started creative photography in 2008. Since 2010, she has distinguished herself by winning several national and international awards, including the International Emerging Artist Award. Her photographs are regularly exhibited, and were notably showcased at the Rencontres d’Arles.
Julie de Waroquier is represented by several art galleries, and she participates in many French and international art fairs and events. Her work has been worldwide published, and in the end of 2012, she has published her first book “Dreamalities”, which is edited by KnowWare editions. In 2014, this book is adapted as a short film, in collaboration with the film-maker and director Damien Steck. [Official Website]