DJEBEL - Village of origin, where we come from, the place we were born.
20.2 Djebel is seen as an extention of 20.1, further exploring the reconnection of your roots, essense and sense of tribe. Capturing the personal journey taken by Lyna Ty to Tunisia for the first time, following her partner and his family to their hometown, Ksar Hellal of the Sahel regions. During the trip she was captivated and inspired by the culture, people and the surroundings she found herself within. Engrossed by the untouched raw cities of the areas visited, Ty began to contemplate what it meant to reconnect with ones home soil - the process of discovering the self in new yet seemingly familiar places.
The Arabic phrase Djebel (لبج ذ mountain) is the literal interpretation of . When employed by emigrants in French-speaking countries this slang like phrase is used to describe returning to ones home-town or place of origin. The place we come from, where we were born, where our family origins lie. In this usage a bled is often interpreted as a small village, with a pejorative or affective connotation of a place lost in space or time.
The place we come from - our bled - is often forgotten in the fast and crowded societies we find ourselves within. We must reflect and reconnect with our origins in order to ground ourselves, recalling where we came from in order to situate ourselves within time. Our origins are not always perfect nor seen as relevant in such times, yet it is often these flaws, imperfections and glimpses of rawness that we thrive on for inspiration - they make us who we are today.
As such Le Bled is a direct reflection on these topics, a reminder to partake in a journey of self discovery, or re-discovery of what was always there but often lost.