Another Country : The British in France


another countryAnother Country is the first book of photographs devoted to the British in France. In the footsteps of Walker Evans, Rip Hopkins’ 68 portraits provide a record that is both personal and objective, showing the real and imaginary world of British expats in France. The photographs reveal aspects of British identity which is embedded within a culture of imagination and relates intimately to all the arts. In the past this has only been suggested, but rarely seen. Antony Mair, a British settler in the Dordogne considers what it means for him and others to be expatriates, while Pauline de La Boulaye, a French national sets out her view of the British, the photographer and the present time. These different accounts raise questions of identity and of belonging to a country, real or imaginary, in the context of a society adapting to globalisation. Disturbing and surreal, Rip Hopkins’ photographs resonate at the deepest levels of our consciousness.

Another Country took shape as an artist’s residence in the town of Ribérac in 2009-2010, within the context of Résidences de l’Art en Dordogne program. Coordination : Pôle Arts visuels de l’Agence culturelle départementale Dordogne-Périgord, Espace culturel François Mitterrand, Périgueux. It is published with the support of the Conseil Général de la Dordogne, the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Aquitaine and the Conseil régional Aquitaine

"It doesn’t matter where you go, you always take yourself": Aaron Blond (47) came in 1986 from Norfolk.Rip Hopkins is a member of Agence VU’ and is represented by Galerie Le Réverbère in Lyon. Born in England in 1972, Rip Hopkins studied industrial design at ENSCI (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle) in Paris. Working with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) he has made photoreportages and documentaries in numerous countries including South Sudan, Bosnia, Liberia, Uganda, Ingushetia and East Timor.

He joined Agence VU’ in 1996 and the following year received the Mosaïque Scholarship, the Kodak Young Photo-Reporter Award, the Observer Hodge Award and the Monographies Prize. In 2000, he was awarded the Fondation Hachette Scholarship to pursue his photographic work in Tajikistan. This led to his receiving the 2002 Fondation HSBC Award and the publication of Tajikistan Weaving (Actes Sud Editions). His book Displaced (Textuel Editions 2004) was produced with the support of the FIACRE Scholarship.

Hopkins started photography when he was ten years old. It is his way of recording and documenting moments of his life and those of others. He sees photography as a tool presenting vast possibilities for intellectual and aesthetic expression. He combines his personal art work with the necessity of making a living, thus drawing on various means of support such as exhibitions, books, press work and films. With each new project Rip asks himself different questions again and re-evaluates his role in today’s world.

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