Le Grand Silence
Nicolas always said when we were kids that he had a small TV in his head. He would always watch it, switch channels and never get bored.
Maybe he is still looking at it, now that he lives in the mountain with his two dogs.
Nicolas is my brother. He left home when he was 17, to become a shepherd in southern France. He grew up in Paris, therefore he hadn’t any specific bond with the agricultural field.
I’ll always remember my father’s reaction when he had him on the phone few months after his escape ” his voice changed, he’s got a different accent, he speaks like them”.
I started photographing Nicolas five years ago, when he was living in a caravan and wouldn’t talk to anyone. He would call himself the “mountain’s hobo”.
Now he is less angry against the society and our family and started to enjoy to catch up with my mum on the phone.
No. 3 - Evelyn Barber
Messages to the Public
Spectacolor electronic sign
20 x 40 ft.
Text: Truisms, 1977–79
Times Square, New York
© Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY