International Prize for Contemporary African Photography

Romaric Tisserand

Born in 1974 in Toulouse, France. Lives in Paris, France

Ultramar (Empire Travel Club) 2001–2014

Ultramar (Empire Travel Club) transforms the exhibition space into a travel agency from an Empire in the past. Everything present mentally recreates this destination: depicting the unknown soldier’s intimate diary, thousand individual lives as thousands of free postcards to take away making collective memory, mixing past with present creating future and reframing history.

An Augmented archive of 166 portraits issued from 6 black and white silver gelatin rolls negatives found in the ground between the pavement in Lisbon in 2001, revealing the portraits of young africans and soldiers from another time. 

Without an image, there is no event

Without an event, there is no more history 

Without history, there is no more future.