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Posts Tagged ‘France’

‘With all my heart’

image ©  2012 Aline Giordano text © 2013 Aline Giordano The photos… the photos… She had ripped them apart to remove my mother and me. She didn’t even take scissors to cut us off. She just tore the paper. Was it in a fit of rage, or did she do it calmly, realising that she [...]

‘King’s crossing’

image © 2012 Aline Giordano text © 2012 Aline Giordano As I am reading these words: ‘It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bones’, the ferry boat rolls and the music of Elliott Smith rocks me gently; a little closer to France [...]

‘One hundred years’

image © 1989 Aline Giordano text © 2013 Aline Giordano The so-called groundbreaking typology of suicide devised by Emile Durkheim; I doubt it would have given mother much consolation after my brother killed himself, aged 21. I attempted to read Durkheim’s monograph, ‘Suicide’ then. I had to give it up. It didn’t add up. All [...]

Bertrand Cantat

image © 1993 Aline Giordano text © 2011 Aline Giordano Bertrand Cantat was the lead singer of Noir Désir, one of the most successful French rock bands since the end of the 1980s, with a career that would be spanning nearly two decades. I interviewed Mr Cantat at the height of the band’s career in [...]

‘Ici Paris’

image © 1993 Aline Giordano text © 2013 Aline Giordano ‘chacun pour soi tous pour les sous solidaires, ici Paris, épargne moi, ici Paris’ (Cantat, 1992) As I was going through customs control, one officer started asking me questions. The first question (a regular in my case) was, ‘are you French?’. They usually say this, [...]

‘Right where it belongs’

  image © 2005 Aline Giordano text © 2013 Aline Giordano When I die I want to be burned. I want my ashes scattered in the sea off Korea, where I was born. I remember the trail of thoughts behind this decision very clearly. I thought: I was born in South Korea; abandoned when I [...]


text © 2013 Aline Giordano When I was a student and regularly travelling back and forth between England and France I used to get questioned a lot by customs officers. My Korean genes alone were enough to raise suspicion it seemed. I got used to it. It never made it ok but I just got [...]

Photo/ Music/ Text (exhibition)

photo © 1993 Aline Giordano text © 2011 Aline Giordano poster designed by Steve Lannin A collection celebrating twenty years of photography by Aline Giordano for the fanzine Uzinemusic was exhibited in Southampton (UK) at the Bargate Monument Gallery: 01/04/2011 – 01/05/2011 Opening on 1st April 2011 the exhibition brought to Southampton’s Bargate Monument Gallery [...]

Le fanzine Uzine

image © 1994 Aline Giordano text © 2011 Aline Giordano The first issue of ‘le fanzine Uzine’ went up for sale in April 1991 in local record shops in France, price ten francs. The editorial welcome read: ‘You are holding in your hands, trembling with emotion, the first issue of Uzine. We had a lot [...]