Aline Deschamps is a Thai-French photographer at present dependent in Beirut, Lebanon. Passionate about geopolitics and visible arts, Deschamps’ operate tackles social troubles this kind of as identity, exile, and cultural heritage. In her latest collection, “I Am Not Your Animal,” she follows the daily life of Sierra Leonean migrant domestic personnel she satisfied in Beirut in 2020, documenting their experiences in Beirut and their reintegration back again into their homeland in 2022.
“The series’ title stems from the discussions I experienced with this team of females, most of whom experienced escaped from abusive households and ended up victims of human trafficking,” Deschamps points out. “During the exchanges, all of them shared how a great deal they felt dehumanized after they established foot in Lebanon. Just one sentence retained becoming recurring: ‘They did not treat me like a human, they handled me like an animal.’”
“‘I Am Not Your Animal’ aims to translate this intersectional encounter of staying a black migrant girl in Lebanon, facing systemic racism in a place in which the black physique is normally diminished to just one position: the one particular of a ‘servant’. It also needs to translate a additional latent and particular violence: the one particular of becoming stranded in a international state, and of striving to converse the unspeakable with the people back again dwelling. By juxtaposing these women’s letters with their every day everyday living photographs, the project highlights their resilience uncovered in exile, the agonizing reintegration into their modern society, and the remarkable bond of motherhood which enabled each sacrifices and the responsibility of survival – in spite of the length.”
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