June 2012, during one of my usual day trips I found a warehouse in Saint-Louis, Alsace, France, empty at the time of my visit, but apparently taken over by a group of outlaws. They used the giant hall as a sort of activist gathering venue reminiscent of an extremist exhibition space, a location for performative actions like collecting and destroying, breaking to pieces or burning everyday ephemera, remains, shattered accessories of ordinary lives — creating an installation mostly related to revolutionary, anti-capitalist gestures, setting small-time life on a ridiculing pedestal, all the while being connoted to political and financial issues, as well as general reflections on the human condition.

Within these heavily symbolic settings I found a set of fairly innocent holiday photographs, all of which have been marked by the developing personnel to indicate their faultiness — with a stroke of a black crayon. The development of these pictures is usually free of charge as they are considered worthless by choice of the developing specialists. By their terms, these pictures did not meet the quality standards of a picture.

A collection of scans of the original images is on view here: http://saintlouisfoundry.tumblr.com


Fig. ref.: F1827