Maryse, aging alone


On going project...


Maryse, 83, lives in Sarcelles, a marginalized “banlieue” in the North of Paris. “Banlieue” is a French word to designate a suburb. It is composed by the words “-lieu” (place) and “ban-” (external). Somehow the “banlieues” are the “banned places”, often socially and politically dismissed by the State. Sarcelles is the 4th most impoverished city of the country and a significant part of its population has an immigrant background. The city is located not far from the Charles de Gaulle airport and 80% of the inhabitants live in what is called “le grand ensemble” (the social housing zone). In this area most of the buildings are functionalist structures, characterized by holding one of the most diverse populations of France (Sarcelles is called “the city of the 90 communities”).

In August 2017 her husband Michel passed away. Since the beginning of September I spend two days a week with her. By doing so, I discover the way she deals with Michel's decease. In a larger scale, I try to understand, through Maryse's experience, the way aged people lives alone in a French Suburb.

To be continued...

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