NOOR - The Weight of Silence
At the age of 8 years old, Chloe Sharrock found in a basement an old Ricoh camera. What
seemed like a great toy at first, quickly became an indispensable instrument to
communicate and express her vision of the world.
After history of art studies in Lyon, followed by cinema studies specialized in
aesthetics and documentary in Paris, fields that still influence Chloe’s work today, she
quickly came back to photography through a more journalistic approach. Her
work now focuses on religion, seing it as a complex and rich cultural network. She
tries to highlight the way that communities organise themselves around cult and
She is now based in Paris and member of the photo agency CIRIC.
The Weight of Silence
This documentary is a long term project that I started seven months ago, that
documents the weight of religion in people’s daily life in Paris, focusing on various
communities issued from Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
Most of the rites take place behind closed doors, following the principle of laicity in
France, but yet, by documenting these communities through celebrations and cults
during an entire year, I tried to explore how something invisible can affect the visible,
and the impact it has on the rhythm of thousands of persons’s life.
Video of the project