"This is a very complete long-term subject with a very serious and intellectual approach to what it means “Islam in Europe”. It shows powerful images of Islam as a positive force. Keyser seeks to normalize the idea of Islam, bringing to us mundane, everyday religiousness. The jury found very useful to show through images Muslim’s feelings after Daesh terror attacks in France. We acclaim the global aim of this project: “Islam should not be considered an issue in the same way as unemployment is an issue: the idea that Islam is a problem needs to be tackled!” (F. Keyser)."
For several years, through my work I have tried to normalise the idea of Islam. Furthermore, I, as well as other sociologues and researchers, have also witnessed an autonomous normalisation of Islam occurring on the ground, both nationally and locally. More and more “parochial” versions of Islam are occurring, for example in Marseille, where each mosque has its own identity linked to its neighbourhood. Today the goal for documentary photographers, artists, researchers and sociologists is to show a mundane, everyday religiousness. Islam should not be considered an issue in the same way as unemployment is an issue: The idea that Islam is a problem needs to be tackled!
In a tense and impassioned context like that of today, Muslims are a positive force in our country. They are engaged in our society, in the army, in organisations and political life. It is exactly this that we showed in the our book with Vincent Geisser. Muslims are also reacting against radicalisation. Muslims are making their contribution to society; Muslims are completely normal citizens. We should no longer consider them as scapegoats, but as allies.
First serie in color: pictures from my book « We are french and muslim », 2010, Autrement Editions, with Vincent Geisser.
Second serie in black an white : Summer 2015, after massacres by mad men from Daech, I wanted to go back to see the Muslims I met for my book. Ask them this question: how do you feel? Their handwriting are intimate and deep, reveal their connection with their country, France. Some texts were rewritten after the carnage of the Bataclan in Paris.
Third serie in color:
I worked about Islam in France, for different French magazines and newspapers.