This journey starts as an investigation into the reasons for his grandparents’ exile, but it goes beyond their personal case, and his research extends to the cause of the emigration of the Egyptian Jewish community after the creation of Israel. The story being built around many meetings with personalities of the civil society, “If I forget you, Alexandria” is as much a portrait of the country today as a filigree of a disappeared Egypt: a cosmopolitan country where the different communities knew how to live together in peace.
About the Author
Born in 1982, Jérémie Dres lives and works in Paris, France. He has a diploma from the École supérieure des arts décoratifs in Strasbourg where he studied visual didactics.
In 2011, disoriented due to the death of his grandmother, he decided to follow her traces in Poland, accompanied by his older brother. Through meetings with the young generation of polish artists in Warsaw, with a progressive American Rabbi and the historian Jean-Yves Potel, Jérémie Dres creates a work on the identity and history of the Jews of Poland, from the second world war until today. This book, Nous n’irons pas voir Auschwitz, was published by Cambourakis.
In 2014, he published Dispersés dans Babylone, dedicated to the rastafari movement with Éditions Gallimard, and in 2018 his third graphic novel, “Si je t’oublie Alexandrie”, was published by Steinkis.