Sample Room Book by Chen Jiagang
Author: Chen Jiagang
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Chen Jiagang is an architect by training; after having participated in the creation of the Chinese cities of the 2001st century, he decided to leave the real estate world in XNUMX, disgusted by corruption and the working conditions of workers.
Close to artistic circles, founder of a gallery, he devoted himself to photography. His past and professional experience are at the heart of his photographic work, with an attachment to the territories, to urbanization, to life in a China in full transformation.
With the series "The Third Front" he denounces the successive government policies which create the big cities of the "Third line" in the post-war period, then abandon them in the 60s. In "Smog City", he shows the presence permanent fog of pollutants that clouds most of the large industrial cities.
With our Sample Room, in a more intellectualized register, it stages in a very disconcerting way a group of people in witness apartments which are the embodiment of the madness of real estate projects. A complex staging of intriguing characters, in ubiquitous situations, which denounces the Chinese desire to feast on idealized comfort and luxury.
This book, of which we probably do not have all the codes, denounces this illusion of grandeur in a progression of increasingly unstructured paintings.
An innovative photograph and an astonishing and confusing book (very beautiful object moreover) which pushes the limits of photographic narration in a certain way.
72 pages - Hardcover without jacket, with slipcase
Bessard editions, 2013
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