The Révèrbere Gallery in Lyon (France) is currently showing work by British photographer Rip Hopkins. Another Country is about British people in France, people who have turned their back on their homeland to settle in the Dordogne. It is about the lives they have built there, the identities they have acquired, and their view of the country they have left behind.
“But the subtext of these images, and the force driving my interest in this expatriate world, is an exploration of my own motivations for living in France and for spending most of my adult years there. My rejection of Britain, my attraction to France, my sense of social inadequacy – the feeling that I belonged nowhere in Britain – and my self-reinvention and ambition have all been part of this process. Over time, however, I find myself less content to be a foreigner and am increasingly drawn towards the British values that were instilled during my childhood. One day I might be drawn back to Britain itself.” Rip Hopkins
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, “Another Country” (Editions Filigranes)
December 7th 2010 – February 26 2011
Galerie Le Réverbère
38, rue Burdeau