Patrick Bernier was born in Paris in 1971. His father, a cardiologist, was born in Libreville, Gabon, the only son of a Guadeloupian father, a colonial administrator in Africa, and a mother from Martinique, who was a homemaker. Patrick Bernier’s mother was a school psychologist born in Clémont in the department of Cher. She was the oldest of six children born to a father who was a native of Berry and an agricultural labourer and a mother born in Paris who was a waitress. He grew up in the 2oth arrondissement of Paris. His work is included from time to time in group shows in France and abroad. On these occasions he documents his projects in collaboration with the Burkina Faso storyteller Carlos Ouedraogo. He is also active in an association for solidarity with immigrant workers in Nantes, to which he gives legal and writing assistance, and works for the equality of rights between Europeans and foreigners, in particular with respect to the freedom of circulation and the freedom to choose one’s place of residence.