Iris Millot: The Sun Comes Out at the Fork in the Road

Iris Millot’s exhibition, “The Sun Comes Out at the Fork in the Road,” will be showcased at the MEP Studio from February 28, 2024, to April 7, 2024. Renowned artist Iris Millot, recipient of the Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents in 2023, presents her captivating series titled “Le soleil passe à l’embranchement” (The Sun Comes Out at the Fork in the Road).
This exhibition explores the life of her great-aunt Hélène, a former activist in the MLF, the women’s liberation movement in France. For four decades, Hélène has resided on her ancestral farm, tending to the land and preserving the adjacent forest. Even at the age of 77, she personally fells the trees when they perished. As water resources diminish, she is likely to be the last individual to cultivate the land. Iris Millot weaves together a narrative of Hélène’s life, employing a blend of photographs, recordings, excerpts from Hélène’s diaries, and materials discovered in her attic, blurring the lines between documentary and fiction.

About the Author

Iris Millot, born in Paris in 2000, currently resides and works in Marseille. She completed her studies at the École nationale supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 2023 and earned a BTS degree in photography from the Auguste Renoir school in Paris in 2020. Her artistic approach involves gathering traces to construct narratives, exploring concepts of habitability, transmission, and embodiment within collective histories. In 2023, she was honored with Une Attention Particulière and exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles, in addition to winning the prestigious Dior prize. Alongside her photography, she has co-curated various exhibitions, including “Buffet à Volonté,” “Une Petite Robe de Fête,” and “WIP#22,” actively contributing to the establishment of the Le Printemps cultural center in Arles.


Iris Millot: The Sun Comes Out at the Fork in the Road
28.02.2024 – 07.04.2024
MEP – Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Paris – France

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A portrait of Iris Millot by André Cenetiempo

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