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Tableaux chinois

Shot from October 2003 to September 2006

« Yves Gellie’s Tableaux Chinois always combine a theatrical dimension with the most common ordinarity of a Chinese society which is undergoing massive changes. The working class’ appalling life contrasts with the lavish parties of Beijing nouveaux riches, and strongly militant wall paintings with the omni-presence of a matter, the fluorescent plastic, in most photographies…
He invents what could be called a « visual reportage », devoid of all advent or acme. With no emotion or subjectivity, he tries to reproduce the banality of daily life for a Chinese, which is often seen as impenetrable exotism by a westerner. »

Dominique Baqué / Art Press (May 2008)

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