Around 4 pm in Arslanbob

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The artwork

Photographie numérique
31/03/2021
Arslanbob, Jalal-Abad Region, Kyrgyzstan

Arslanbob is a mountain village in Kyrgyzstan with a large Uzbek population. The place is known to contain the largest walnut forest in the world. Legend even has it that in Soviet times, Red Army soldiers came here with saws and cut down many walnut trees. They sent them to Rolls-Royce in England to line the interiors of luxury cars. Before the war, Churchill saw this woodwork and asked Stalin to send more, in exchange for weapons.

The artist

After several experiences in editorial offices, at Vanity Fair, Arte or Figaro Magazine, Maïlys Derville set up her own business in 2018 as a freelance journalist. It was also that year that she crossed paths with Corinne Vachon, a French photographer who has been documenting the lives of nomadic and semi-nomadic peoples for over ten years. Together, they went to Kenya, Afghanistan, Romania and Kyrgyzstan, each time with the aim of putting into perspective the history of men and women still living mostly in tradition. But if some of them try hard to perpetuate it, others open up little by little to the rest of the world and to the evolution… Photography appears then as one of the best means to testify and leave a trace. During these immersions, Maïlys develops a real love for the image, alongside her mentor, Corinne. At the crossroads between the artistic and the documentary, her photographic work has only one ambition: to capture the emotion of a scene and the essence of its subjects.

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