Europe of geographical extremes – Jef Bonifacino

My photographic investigation of Europe is based on the calculations of the extreme points by the IGN. The most northerly, in Norway, the southest, in the south of Crete, the center, in Lithuania, the most oriental point, in Russia and the most western point, in Portugal.

At a time when many nations still tend to hold on to their borders, these pictures show Europe from the point of view of land, a piece of Eurasian continent, where human beings, cities and nations pass through and vanish as a dream.

The nations and Europe itself are an attitude of mind. Geographic Europe begins with its first definition in 1827 by Lapie. In my Europe, the extremes connect and extend in the same area of land, a Europe rawer, but open.

First map of geographical Europe, Lapie, 1833 and the 5 extreme points

■ Center : Purnuskis, Lituanie
 West : Cabo da Roca, Portugal
 Est : Vorkouta, Russie
 North : Knivskjellodden, Norvège
 South : Gavdos, Grèce



Jef Bonifacino studies Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Bordeaux. Freelance photographer, Jef Bonifacino develops a writing at the crossroads of art and documentary and works on long-running projects.
His work focuses on the notion of territory, he establishes links between different spaces in order to discover and question the relation of man to his environment and his history.

For example, his series WEST HORIZONS, exhibited in 2017 at the Festival Circulation (s), questions the myth of the great landscapes of the American West through horizons most often exploited by man.
In the same way BELARUS ’LEGACY interrogates the traces of the past of Belarus to enlighten its present. Series exhibited in May 2018 at 100 ecs in Paris, then online on The Eye of Photography and Sophot Gallery. Finalist of La Bourse du Talent of July 2018 and projected in October 2018 at the QPN Festival in Nantes.
He is also reporting on VORKOUTA, a former mining Gulag city, victim of global warming, screened at Pierrevert Festival, published in Fisheye Magazine, winner of the Sept-Off Festival in Nice and finalist of the Prix Mentor / La Scam 2018.

EUROPE ORBI, wich explores the five geographical extremes of Europe and shows it as a single piece of continent without frontiers, has been exhibited at the Festival Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs in Bordeaux, at the Institut Géographique National, at Festival Prix Maison Blanche in Marseille in 2017 and screened at the 9ph Festival in 2018. A book is in preparation.