The MEP Studio presents The sun comes out at the fork in the road, the exhibition by artist Iris Millot, winner of the Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents in 2023.
The exhibition features her series “Le soleil passe à l’embranchement” (The Sun comes out at the fork in the road), in which the artist delves into the story of her great-aunt Hélène, a former activist in the MLF, the women’s liberation movement in France. Hélène has lived on her ancestral farm for 40 years, cultivating the land and maintaining the surrounding forest. At the age of 77, she still cuts down the trees herself when they die. The water resources are drying up and she will probably be the last person to work the land. Between documentary and fiction, Iris Millot tells the story of Hélène’s life, combining photographs, recordings, fragments of text from Hélène’s diaries, and archives found in her attic.
Born in Paris in 2000, Iris Millot lives and works in Marseille. She graduated from the École nationale supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 2023 and received a BTS degree in photography at the Auguste Renoir school in Paris in 2020. In her work, she gathers traces to construct narratives, balancing in tension notions of habitability, transmission and embodiment in shared histories. In 2023, she was elected for Une Attention Particulière and exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles in addition to winning the Dior prize. In addition to her work as a photographer, she has co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Buffet à Volonté, Une Petite Robe de Fête and WIP#22, and is actively involved in the creation of the Le Printemps cultural centre in Arles.
The exhibition is organised in collaboration with