Amelie Landry. The Wayward Paths
Artist web link: https://www.agencevu.com/photographers/photographer.php?id=330
Exhibition space: www.skaneskonst.se
Cruising sites can be found everywhere but not just anywhere. Once located in the heart of urban centres, today they are nearly exclusively located on the city limits or outside of cities: disused industrials zones, scrublands, motorway rest areas, and coastal dunes….
The Wayward Paths is an exploration of these sites of freedom where, despite the fear of police raids or gangs, despite threats of administrative closure, desires for free experiences between men of all ages and from all walks of life continue to be exercised, in autonomous and free spaces. Distancing itself from the sensationalism that could be involved in photographic work in the realm of sexuality, the project takes on the form of an investigation inspired by the social sciences and is deployed through various types of documents: photographs of landscapes, portraits on site, cartographies of the territories, and finally testimonials from users. These are heavily relied upon, serving as the basis for the research and guiding its progress.
Born in 1981. After studies in the applied arts and multimedia, Amélie Landry mainly worked as an independent in computer graphics in Brussels, where she lived. In 2011, she decided to put this activity aside to develop her first photographic project, The Wayward Paths, which she is presenting in January 2017, as a book (Le Bec en l’air Editions), a radio production on France Culture and an exhibition at Galerie VU’.