Odysseus by Michaël Duperrin
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The Odyssey is the story of a man driven both by the desire to return home and by an insatiable curiosity that leads him to make detours, to meet others and discover the world.
Ulysses holds both ends of his desire, at the cost of ten years of wandering. At the end of the road it is himself he discovers. If this ancient story still speaks to us, it is because it deals with current issues: identity, otherness, hospitality.
Odysseus, the Other World traces the first part of this Odyssey, and immerses us in the world of gods, monsters, infernos and sirens.
The photographs are printed in cyanotype, one of the first photographic printing processes, which owes its name to its colour. Whereas we see the Mediterranean sea and its intense blue sky, the word “blue” does not exist in Homer’s language. The adjective that would later designate a dark blue refers in the Odyssey to the world of the Night and Hells, that is, to the Other World.