EN / "SARA" offers a view on childhood, adolescence and the transition in-between. These images question the very nature of youth, going beyond documentary into a dreamlike universe. An ongoing exploration of the boundaries between daily-life documentation and staged portraits. The strong presence of the photographer's little sister represents some kind of autobiography; through her daily life, Julia finds a parallel with her own experience. Her aim is to seize these so-called mundane moments, as they become curiously captivating: creating an atmosphere of playful exploration, a feeling of freedom.
FR / "SARA" porte un regard sur l’enfance, l’adolescence et le passage entre les deux. Un univers suspendu de rêve éveillé, la série interroge la nature-même du jeune âge en mêlant la documentation du quotidien et la mise en scène de portraits. La présence forte de la petite sœur du photographe représente une sorte d’autobiographie ; à travers son expérience, Julia trouve un parallèle avec son propre vécu. Elle cherche à saisir ces moments soi-disant banals lorsqu'ils deviennent curieusement particuliers, dégageant une ambiance d’exploration ludique, une sensation de liberté.
Julia Gat's project, Unschooling, is an autobiographical documentary about her family’s experience with the alternative education method whose name the project borrows. Her subjects are those involved in her community; her family and friends. Unschooling embraces the subjective experience of the individual in their education, prompting students to make their own choices in study, and take responsibility for themselves. It also embraces the changing interests and creativity of children, in comparison to the rigid structure of typical mainstream education. Gat’s personal perspective on an alternative education and life-style gives outsiders a glimpse into the uninhibited and exciting world of Unschooling.
Gat’s photographs depict the playful exploration of childhood. There is an adventurous quality to the subjects, as they move through the landscape with an inquisitive drive. The lush colors of the landscape, the softness of the light, and the intimate nature of the portraits embrace this sense of wonder, leaving behind “objective”, dialectical images in favor of emotion and subjective experience. In documenting the exciting and magical experience of childhood, especially one in such a freeenvironment, Gat has embraced the aesthetic of her subject, rather than that of the observer.
- Henry Amistadi, 2015
EN A photographic study regarding the relationship between the city and the sea; an exploration of the beach.
FR Une recherche photographique au sujet de la relation entre la ville et la mer ; une exploration de la plage.