• BONIFACINO Jef

The Europe of geographical extremes

This series is an exploration of the five extremes of geographical Europe for five years. From the most northerly, in Norway, to the southest, in the south of Crete, passing by the center in Lithuania, then from the most oriental point, in Russia to the
most western point, in Portugal.

Nations and Europe are still a fancy. In 1833, Pierre Lapie, King Charles X’s geographer, outlined Europe from the Atlantic Ocean to the Urals, spliting Eurasia in two. This definition of geographic Europe is still the same.

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 five extremes connect and extend in the same area of land, a Europe rawer, but open.

BONIFACINO Jef

Jef Bonifacino studies Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Bordeaux. As an independent photographer, he has developed his own writing at the crossroads of art and documentary, on long-term projects.
His work is focused on the notion of territory, creating links between different spaces and periods discovering and questioning the relationship between Man and his environment and his history. For example, his series West Horizons, questions the American wild west myth 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. He is also reporting on Vorkouta, a former mining Gulag city, victim of global warming.
His work as been shown at Festival de Photographie QPN, Nuit de la photographie de Pierrevert, Festival 9ph, Prix Maison Blanche, Festival Circulation(s), Institut Géographique National, Lauréat prix Sept Off, Festival Itinéraires Photographes Voyageurs..