Mohammed Dib, Ph. Bordas, Tlemcen ou les lieux de l'écriture
(OUT of PRINT)
(Tlemcen or places of writing) by Mohamed Dib (Algeria) and Philippe Bordas (France).
Literary essai by M. Dib about photography and memory of writing. 63 B&W photographs by M.Dib (1946) and by Ph.Bordas (1992) in Tlemcen. Introduction by Jean Loup Pivin. 160 pages 14x19 cm. Edition 1994. In FRENCH only.
ISBN 2-909571-05-X (20 € OUT of PRINT)
The poet and writer Mohamed Dib finds old photographs of his childhood in Tlemcen in 1946. He then realizes that all his imagination since expressed in his writings and poems was built through this memory whose photographs are the only traces. To read as additional texts on photography of Roland Barthes and Michel Tournier. The young photographer Philippe Bordas has taken a new look in returning to these places of memory.
"From Tlemcen reflected in these photographs taken in 1946, can we say that there is only a name ? It would probably go too far. And there is yet something of it. Undoubtedly, parts of the city have jumped, components for certified disappeared, but also and with it something else less tangible dissipated : is a certain way of being in the city. Not that saying this, I want to ignore the effects of time on a city or that I refused it the right to change. I would like to suggest more than that we are the inhabitants of a place as, at least in part, a memory." (…)
"Writing is a form of data entry of the world. But this data entry is carried out in a movement of retreat, retreat of the script writer compared to the world and retreat of same compared to the writing. The work, it seems, is formed in this hollow, in that distance. We verify if to write, we adopt a idiom other than his own. But this does not alter the case, which is to bridge the intolerable flaw. Hope and despair are the chance of the writer. (extract Mohamed Dib)