Les sommets inhabitables

This title is derived from a quote from Italian author Erri de Luca, engaged in the fight against the building of a high speed train line linking Lyon to Torino (called “TAV”) that received opposition mainly from locals in the Val de Susa, Italy.

Maurienne’s mountains are marked with ambiguities, contradictions, oppositions. Nicknamed “the aluminum valley”, space is mastered and exploited there. From the numerous factories that were once scattered along the Arc river, only one is remaining, bordered by a highway – one of the only in the Alps – and soon by a high speed train line that however has risen up opposition among the inhabitants, mainly after suspicions of corruption and pollution. Even if a few ski resorts dot the summits, the main part of the space in Maurienne stands in the uninhabitable, thus matching the romantic image of a pure and sublime nature.
At first, I’ve felt the need of a physical experience of the landscape. Be in the mountain, walk, breath. It became like roaming this uninhabitable, what can be felt only by foot, at the closest to the topography, immersed in the landscape.
Those two layers add and mix, like a recognition walk through the territory, to try and know every corner.


Teo Becher lives and works in Brussels.
His work demonstrates a strong territorial tie, often rooted in a specific place, mixing both documentary and intimate approaches. Each of his series starts from a personal experience that serves as a basis in order to open up to the universal.
He uses only analog photography in large and medium format. His work has been shown in festivals such as La Gacilly and Itinéraire des photographes voyageurs (Bordeaux) as well as in the Fisheye Gallery in Arles and the museum of photography of Charleroi (Belgium).
He graduated in 2014 from ESA “Le 75” in Brussels and is now pursuing a master degree in photography at KASKA in Antwerp.

Teo is a collaborator of Brassage Photographique.