What's the main idea of Lorient Volvo Ocean Race organizing committee ? To make a festival where people, visitors and Lorient residents are the actors and not only spectators or consumers.

Do that Lorient residents appropriate the event and are the actors of the French leg of the Volvo Ocean Race!


Xavier Dubois could just be a very talented photographer. He could have continued to capture the life and work of men and women at sea as well as on land. But he always has in mind to bring out the photograph of his customary frameworks, to confront his pictures to the outside elements. The operation "Faces of Lorient", sponsored by Banque Populaire Atlantique, is that state of mind since a mural of 150 square meters will allow to discover who is hiding in the 10 000 pictures portraits anonymous volunteers.


The mural will be displayed on one wall of K2 bunker in former submarines Base of Keroman, after being revealed step by step each day to discover who is the hidden figure that should accompany the departure of the VOR 70 Lorient, 1st July 2012. 


To achieve this, Xavier Dubois has to make portraits of 10 000 volunteers who are willing to lend their image to the project. The trick is for each person being photographed, to achieve three portraits, treated with different color backgrounds, then treated in gray levels to achieve a black and white portrait. 

"The project's originality lies in the fact that each portrait is unique. He is not here to collect existing photos but to ask each volunteer to put Lorient three times in different attitudes voluntarily. "


Because the project is not only the realization of an artistic work original. It is also to propose a work deeply rooted in reality, to make this mural to be an opportunity for Lorient residents to take full ownership of the docks of the Submarine Base, the venue for Volvo Ocean Race stopover.


People and Identity
Ultimately, the project of Lorient Grand Large of Lorient, event organizer, with the photographer is in the spirit of this stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. Xavier Dubois, a member of the french editorial magazine Armen, is in constant search of powerful personalities, whose fishermen he watched the craft for several years, people of the land, cannery workers, steel foundries ... His challenge: to make that 'through this mural, the Lorient people to be proud to lend their image, helping to ensure that everyone considers Base submarines as part of its patrimonial,  in brief ... help ensure that this stopover is for them. 


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