A poetic meditation on China’s remote and fascinating places. Chen Jiagang panoramic photographs display a moving vision of the time passing by...
Chen Jiagang has taken the former industrial compounds built in central cities of China during the sixties (The Third Front) as the subject matter of his first bodies of work. Trying to capture the spectres of industry that still reside there, his pictures tell the sad story of these cities, which in their time were the incarnation of the social ideal, the glory of the country but that have since become useless industrial cemeteries and endless wastelands… Making use of an extremely large format camera, Chen Jiagang is fully engaged in a realist but narrative documentation of abandoned and desolate landscapes and the scars left by time and neglect on such regions.
"Chen Jiagang observes the wild dreams of humanity. More interested in the time of action than by its outcome, his reaction to the world is devoid of any violence. He humbly puts humanity back in its place, faced with the desires for modernity that oppose the cultural to the natural order of things."
Chen Jiagang : Utopia
Text : Jérémie Thircuir
Format : 11,5x16,5cm