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"REMEMORIES plays with memories from anonymous persons, proposing a singular approach through reinterpretation."

>>>> Discover more information on this project on my website: [link]

>>>> You can contribute to REMEMORIES, if you wish: [link]

During this session, we've tried to play with interpretation of the memories rather than doing something too literal.

----- memory #44 ------

I was a child, I had 7-8 years. One night I wake up from a nightmare. At this point, I realize that I am no longer in my bed, but I don’t know where I am. I understand that there is a wall behind me, a table on me and I can’t leave this place because I’m trapped behind "bars". I feel a deep panic. I start screaming. Finally, the light of my room is switched on. Mommy comes to save me. She screams “where are you?” Because she can’ts ee me. I was finally stuck under the desk in my room... How did I get here?
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REMEMORIES : Project description.

“I would like you to remember an important personal event, something that still seems important to you today. Actors will then reinterpret your memories.”

From May to August 2012, several anonymous contributors answered my request (through a webpage that described the project), giving me lots of short texts to work on.


Nostalgia, happiness or traumas formed the main components of these numerous memories, from which actors and dancers experimented to create something new, without trying to be literal but keeping the emotions and ideas of the texts. I didn’t wanted to simply reenact the memories (the original texts would have been sufficient for that) but to go beyond them and create singular photos with some freedom, for both actors and me. That is why most of my usual themes are apparent: ambiguity, mysterious symbols and a non-naturalistic approach to the link between bodies and their environment – all of which being freely interpreted by the viewers.

Places are also linked to this idea of “memories”: second-hand bookstore, vintage furniture shop, museum... all these interesting spaces add originality, preventing the actors from simply recreating the description of these recollections.

Finally, when submitting a message, all participants have accepted to let me publish their original text next to the photos. I’ve simply numbered them in chronological order, publishing them in their original language.

REMEMORIES is an on-going project that should be completed by October 2012.

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(c) 2012 JS Monzani / jsmonzani.com. Please do not use any of my images without my agreement. LEGAL ACTIONS WILL BE TAKEN IF YOU DO NOT RESPECT THIS COPYRIGHT
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Kharemi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love all the REMEMORIES ! :love:
But may I ask, what is the name of the font you use in the text ?
Because I've been looking for it pretty long, I love it :D Just haven't found it :noes:
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :highfive: I'm planning to complete REMEMORIES during this summertime.

This is not a font, I've drawn each character based on the classic Gotham font that I bought.That's why I have 3 alternate versions for the E and two for the S.

However, I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for in Ten Dollars Fonts [link] Look for Fonecian. Mind you thought that Fonecian family font naming wasn't properly working on Windows when I bought it, and I had to manually fix it. I've explained that to the font designer (maybe she's fixed it now) as well as the site owners (who weren't very friendly).
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haseebjkhan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have been following you for years and you are one of my very first inspirations for art. I have so much respect for you that couldn't be expressed in words !!!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot for your support :)
I have stopped submitting works on deviantart but you can find LOADS of new projects on my website: www.simplemoment.com/
You might enjoying taking a tour there. If so, I hope that you will enjoy these new works.

Have a creative day,
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Kharemi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome ! :huggle: I can't wait to see more :la:

And thank you so much ! I have to buy it soon :) Let's hope it's fixed by now !
I found another one I've been looking for some time, the Echelon typeface,
so seriously, thank you, I didn't now about Ten Dollar Fonts before and
probably wouldn't now if you haven't linked it to me ! :tighthug:
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
You're welcome. It was sort-of sharing graphic designers' secrets ;) :giggle:
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Kharemi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Apologies for the ever so late reply !

But hey, I will be a graphic designer when I finish my studies, so no bad leaks done ;)
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Congrats and lots of upcoming succes, then! :clap:
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PureBlackLove Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
always amazing :3 very creative!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you :dance:
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foureyes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
:wow:.........first thought that came to mind : Stanley Kubrick :D :love: :+fav: !!!!!!!
I love the description # 44
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you :) !!
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iDoux Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great interpretation, and as always what i love the most is the light, awesome light...
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot :) I love to create dramatic light!
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iDoux Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know and you always hit the spot!
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Asselchen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Same thing happend to me when I was little. Got stuck between a wall and a cupboard. No clue how I got there.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Haha, weird isn't it?
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Asselchen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
It is. I think there are certain times where a child doesn't know if it's dreaming or not, and in this state it can easily lose orientation.
I can remember another of those situations: I used to try to fly, jumping from the ottoman in our living room..and I was sooo sure that it had worked at one day, but I never could do it a second time. I mean, I must have been dreaming that it worked, but I was never completely certain afterwards.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's interesting. Kids are also sometimes prone to somnambulism too and they don't remember what they did (or even what they said) while sleep walking.

Perception of reality is something I'm very interested in. I think there's something arbitrary about it: I often experience this situation where I know I'm in reality whereas my mind isn't connected to it (for instance, after reading fiction, or looking at lots of artworks). My method is to say in my mind "Be careful, this is reality" to connect back to the real world.

When I dream, it's also difficult to know when I'm in reality or just sleeping. My approach is to look around: if there are too many details or unwanted elements, then this is reality.
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