Interior Service Only (À utiliser seulement dans le service intérieur: France, Algérie et Tunisie)
by Sophie Kovel, Barnard College
Originally published in the 2017 edition.
Versailles, Le Bosquet des Bains d’Apollon
Versailles, La Galerie des Glaces
Versailles (Apollo’s Bath and the Gallery of Mirrors) epitomizes a French nationalism that is steeped in colonial enterprise. “Interior Service Only” derives its name from “À utiliser seulement dans le service intérieur,” which translates to “Use for internal service only.” These postcards (read: artifacts) are only to be circulated within France, Algeria, and Tunisia, positing an enduring conception of Algeria and Tunisia as “interior” to France, a result of a French colonial empire and its postcolonial present.