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06.06.2010

 

Like an Arabian mirage - Philippe Chancel's 'Desert Spirit' at the Philippe Chaume Gallery, Paris

Not only does this place unite the Arabian Emirates, it is also the confrontational intersection of a glamorous world of luxury and the harsh reality of immigrants and tough working conditions. Money, power and oppression cavort on the world's allegedly biggest construction site. The entire negative periphery will be transformed into a shimmering glint by 2030. Philippe Chancel travelled into a region that is bordering on the surreal and captured a piece of reality in ‘Desert Spirit’.

With his pictures, he picks up on extremes, without palliation or immediate judgement. On the one hand are the skyscrapers which can never be gargantuan enough, artificially constructed island Shangri-Las, the opportunity to ski in the desert right next door. The images radiate a protruding sophistication.

On the other hand, the close up portraits show a different side of things. Cloaked workers, exploited immigrants who do anything, which results in the modern industrial societies cashing in on prestige and money.

Philippe Chancel's visual language floats between art, documentary and journalism. His primary interests are dictatorial societies and communist tyrannies, which led him to South Korea in 2005.

The Philippe Chaume Gallery is showing ‘Desert Spirit’ until 17 July.

Philippe Chancel – Desert Spirit
Gallery Philippe Chaume
9, Rue de Marseille
Paris

Until 17 July 2010
Tue – Sat, 2pm – 7:30pm

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME :  Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME : Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME :  Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME : Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME :  Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME : Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME :  Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME : Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME :  Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME : Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME :  Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME : Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME :  Philippe Chancel

GALERIE PHILIPPE CHAUME : Philippe Chancel