Egypt, Mother and Son

A depiction of a universal bond, bound to no borders.

Denis Dailleux’s photo series, Egypt, Mother and son is a subliminal testament to the eternality  of boyhood. Dailleux who splits, his time between Paris and Cairo, began shooting his series in 2010 and finished in 2014, following a three year pause. Why a 60 year old man would be drawn to the relationships between mother and son, is a good question.  Dailleux speaks of a trying relationship with his mother, which he described as, “unhealthily close.” The lack of praise Dailleux received during his adolescent years cast a shadow of doubt across his creative pursuits. The photos of mothers and sons taken in Cairo show men with exaggerated proportions, some in childlike positions while others take on a protective stance. Dailleux explores how men, regardless of their age, interact and pose with their mothers. The men in the photos seem to be adorning their mothers, hanging off their arms, resting in their laps, seeking attention and affection. Though the men have bodybuilder physiques, their mothers capture the viewer’s gaze. Dailleux loves watching how the men position themselves when the camera is set up. Do they rest their head on their mother’s shoulder? Kneel down and bend their heads in their mother’s lap? Do they stand behind her, taking on the role of guardian? Dailleux’s series reveals how vulnerability and masculinity interact in a given situation. When your mother sits before you, what do your instincts tell you to do? 

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