Between 2010 and 2015, Antoine Bruy traveled across Europe and the United-States looking for those who made the radical choice to live far from the cities, breaking up with a lifestyle based on performance, efficiency and consumerism. Without any pre-defined itinerary and moulded by luck and encounters, this journey became for the photographer a kind of initiatory quest, close to the one experienced by the families he met. "Scrublands" presents eight alternative life experiences, which can be read on a political level, but which mainly bear witness to daily and immediate experiences.
The heterogeneity of the places and situations shows the wonderful paradox of the pursuit of an utopia based on an empirical approach and the mistakes that sometimes come out of it. The short-lived habitat structures, the recycled materials and the application of different agricultural theories show the plurality of strategies found to be able to adapt to the environment in order to reach food self-sufficiency as well as social and economical independance.
Antoine Bruy (1986) is a french photographer, who gratuated from Vevey's School of photography in 2011. His work focuses on people and their relationship with the intimate, and with their physical environment and the economical and intellectual conditions that shape it. Antoine Bruy is laurate of the 2018 HSBC prize for photography, and of the 2017 LensCulture Exposure Award.