Not eating during the day, it’s not difficult,” he begins once the waitress leaves. But fasting in Geneva is painful. In this society of over-consumption and exacerbated hedonism, we are constantly at odds. Himself a hedonist the rest of the year, Julien Abegglen of course does not refer to the beer we sip without any concern for solidarity… His fasting practice is not religious but spiritual.
Ramadan is a way to get together to turn towards others. In this sense, physical asceticism allows me to take possession of my body. As others run marathons, I pull the plug and reconnect it by compelling myself to a complete fast for the first week – but I drink during the day and take vitamins. Italien is a difficult experience that allows you to explore the body’s unexpected limits.