• GHARBI Camille


This series questions domestic violence and our response to it, through its most extreme expression: conjugal feminicides.

In France, one woman is killed every three days by her partner or ex.
It is a stable data which has been widely related in French news broadcast or paper over the past decade.

Those «tragedies of separation» or so-called «crimes of passion» punctuate too often the short news columns of the local press. They tell us about similar stories: a man shot his wife because she wanted to leave him. Another one stabbed his partner as he thought she was cheating on him. Those crimes happen so regularly that they seem to be perceived as tragic but banal events, as if domestic violence was a phenomenon against which there’s not much to do.

However, some particularly dreadful details sometimes manage to raise awareness on the violence of those murders. Like the story of Marcelle, a 90 years old retired woman who was battered to death with a cooking pan by her husband in their suburbian home, on the 2nd of March 2017. Or the story of Thalie, a 36 years old management consultant who died on the 19 of August 2017, beaten up to death with a mixer tap by her partner, as they were doing construction works in their house. Horror calls on indignation and suddently the violence of the act appears into its full dimension.

This is precisely the angle I have choosen to tackle this subject.
My photographic work focuses on those homely objects which are turned into lethal weapons. The sight of those familiar items does not reflect the violent stories they are related to.
This contrast creates a distance that gives time for reflection.

Murders of women by their partners or ex are not isolated facts happening once in a while among some specific contexts or social categories. The analysis of the 253 cases -at least- of women who were killed in such conditions in France in 2016 / 2017 shows that it is actually a phenomenon which happens in every socio-cultural categories, among couples of every ages and professions. They always take place in situations of conjugal crisis, separation, or jealous control of a man on a woman that he considers as its own.

Those crimes happen too often to be coincidental.
On the contrary, they reveal a gendered violence that we have to start analysing.

Murder as a proof of love ?

GHARBI Camille

French photographer and former architect, Camille Gharbi is born in 1984 and she lives in Paris. She works in the fields of architectural photography, portraiture and develops personal projects related to contemporary social issues. Her photographic approach seeks to question the world in which we live by playing with distance and aesthetics to induce empathy.

Some of her works have been showcased in national and international events such as the FESTIVAL CIRCULATIONS 2019 in Paris, France, the ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE 2019 exhibition in Venice (Italy), the first edition of the PHOTOGRAPHIE MON AMOUR 2019 festival in Metz (France), the BOUTOGRAPHIES 2018 festival in Montpellier (France), the«PH♀TOGRAPHES» exhibtion in Reims (France), in 2018, the PHOTO IS:RAEL 2018 festival in Tel-Aviv (Israël), or the LENS CULTURE EMERGING TALENT AWARD 2018 exhibition in New-York (USA).