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Work / Photography

Diane Deschenaux’s abstract images explore Switzerland’s farming industry

In her latest series, photographer Diane Deschenaux has honed in on the farming industry in Switzerland’s Fribourg mountains. Titled 0.65 — the typical price of Swiss milk — the project “explores the agricultural world that is currently undergoing an economical crisis due to milk overproduction.”

Diane, who graduated from ECAL last year, told us “I come from the place where the famous cheese gruyère is made and for the past four years I have always been working on projects around this area, especially on subjects that confront nature and humans. Growing up around a farm environment, I had an idealised vision of my rural countryside.”

The milk crisis was an opportunity for Diane to revisit and “report back on the situation” and the photographer went behind the scenes of endangered farms which allowed her to “have a more complex and realistic understanding of the countryside reality”. To display the project, Diane created diptychs of her images, the pairings allowing the photographer to create visual contrasts and connections between the mechanical processes of industry and the wildness of the animals. “With 0.65 I’ve made a contemporary portrait of the farms in Switzerland," Diane concludes. "I chose to give more aestheticism to this subject which is not glamorous at all.”

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