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Giona Mottura

Diane © Giona Mottura

Giona Mottura, Diane
André Frère Editions, Marseille, 2017

ISBN 979-10-92265-61-3

«Diane» paints a sensitive portrait of a woman in Switzerland’s Val-de-Travers. She’s a singer. Giona Mottura followed this woman for a long time, gaining her confidence so as to enter her intimate sphere. The series of images presented in this volume testifies to a journey through life, to an artistic, social and family engagement. And to Diane’s relationship with who she is, a transgender woman. She takes us home, presents a part of her life, shares family photographs. Giona Mottura creates a set of images characterised by a rare elegance, which bears witness to the attentive observer who magnifies his subject. As this photographic account evolves, Diane becomes a universal character: a friend, a mother, a grandmother. Her testimony punctuates the images, and the lyrics of her songs invite us to listen to her, beyond the photographs. Denis Pernet