French, born 1989, lives and works in Marseille, France

At first glance, the images presented by Esther Isidore seem to document the rich hours of existence at the margins of established society or bring together the poor traces of an improbable passage on Earth. Yet, let there be no mistake, it is not really a matter of autobiographical report or tables of morals with sociological reflections. These images do not intend to record the real but rather try to build up a device capable of stimulating our imaginary relationship to the real, that is, what is called more generally and somewhat vaguely and clumsily, “life.” In contrast with the contemporary world of communication and its domination strategies, Esther Isidore offers here, after others, to plunge us into a room of shadows where images rediscover and free the games of childhood: an enigmatic and moving montage of time and space, a fiction where the anxieties of the present day are projected and which, in spite of everything, restores the desire for a habitable world, a sensitive sharing, a possible community. What would art be worth if it renounced asserting itself as a concrete utopia?“