A b o u t   S a i n t  -  E t i e n n e
                 In order to describe my ill-feeling concerning the evolution of the city and in the very moment when I was making
                     my first architecture photographs, I started to photograph my food.
                     The process was always the same- just before cooking, I photographed, on my kitchen table, what I was going to eat,
                     without special setting nor lighting.
                     I had the intuition that it exists a close relationship between architecture and food.

                     As we were living in the passage from raw to cooked through the mediation of fire, we experiment now the passage
                     from frozen to cooked through the microweave oven.
                     Didn't we loose the braised, the grilled, the slow cooked in the process?
                     Do we still have a relationship with the raw?
                     Is the frozen food still raw food? 
                     Cooking did the passage from nature to culture; now, through the microweave oven heating of pre-cooked frozen
                     food, we are  transferred from culture(?) to culture(?) (from artificial to artificial).
                     In St-Etienne, industrial city from the nineteenth century, work was mainly hard, physical work.
                     The food was pork, tripe, offal.
                     It was a black city, a city of coal and fire, fire from foundries, subterranean fire. Houses were made of stone, of
                     clinker, with brick (baked clay) around the windows.
                     Now the coal mines are closed, most of factories too , lots of people are unemployed.
                     To give the city a modern image, a new trend develops, of pasting ornament on otherwise ordinary buildings:
                     columns, statues, prefabricated, ready to use elements.
                     The city is covered with colored sugar. 
                      These changes and the way they were managed drove me to take St Etienne as a model to put the questions
                      of urbanism, public space, citizenship and local democracy.