Brice was not a traveler, but became an immigrant in Romania. in 2005, he moved in the heart of Transylvania, an exile outside France, which will last four years. four years during which he is going to discover the country, its culture and people. four years in which he had time to ask himself questions related to the notion of belonging, relating to the nation and identity. on one hand he notes the strangers who are becoming more numerous, passing by and settling in Cluj and in his area, and on the other hand the Romanians who go away in the rest of Europe. the reasons why he decided to exile himself are as numerous as those why he would like to stay. he exiled himself in order to understand the deep meaning.
Thereby,naturally, brice had the idea to document through various photos post-communist phenomenon of the Romanian Diaspora in Europe and the effects generated in Romania. the Romanians, whose photos were taken are between twenty and thirty years old. therefore, it is about a generation born on the ruins of a totalitarian regime, prey to other forms of totalitarianism (the economic one). it is actually this generation that decided exile or not. Through his personal experience, brice outlined a series of portraits of Romanians.
Most of the people photographed are from Cluj, where he lived, and from Paris, where he “exiled himself” after leaving Romania. he listens to them, tells them stories, why they had left and why they had remained. brice photographed these Romanians in their homes, in their interior,without any geographical landmarks, the Romanians from Cluj and from Paris. he does not give any aprioristic clues, nor judges. he seeks, above all, to photograph the subject without artifice, in total freedom. this series of portraits form a documentary about a generation of Romanians, but also raises a question regarding the idea of belonging to a community and to an identity. the faces from the portraits seem to ask the viewer about their own identity, about the notion of identity. what does “to belong” to a nation or to a “culture” mean? when does the human being need to approach a community either cultural, political or geographical. these are the unanswered questions that we all should ask ourselves.