Work on this project began in the 2000s and, throughout the intervening years, the topicality and importance of how ethnicity – and particularly ethnic difference – is represented in France has only increased. Looking back, it was the evident gap between the equality for French citizens theoretically enshrined in the French Constitution and the patent practical inequalities that characterise contemporary French society that first intrigued me about this area. Moreover, as my research evolved, it quickly became apparent that it was within the domain of visual culture that artists, filmmakers, photographers and others have sought especially to explore some of the paradoxes and challenges such a situation presents, where a dominant political philosophy actively impedes the recognition of difference, and effectively marginalises the importance of aspects of identification deemed contrary to it....
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