In front of a China highly socialized and architected, I wanted to show the incredible power of seduction and the surprising ambiguity of this country undergoing a complete upheaval, and which would – on a daily basis – draw upon the magic of its past as much as upon the revolutionary forces of its future.
In this body of work – very far from any usual documentary photography – I wanted to restitute the traces, the perfumes, the impressions of the millennial and extremely mod-ern China. When, day after day, I strolled through the streets of Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai, I had the very strong feeling of the presence of a constant Chinese aesthetic, something of a powerful “look” unique to this country, which had crossed the centuries and still marked the China of today.
Strongly influenced by Asian cinema, I built my reportage as a series of cinematographic sequences, trying to express through my framing and chromatic approach, a miriad of spaces of freedom, far away from the single mindset still very vivid in this country.
It is by losing myself in the mysteries of a subliminal chinese city, both dreamed and fantasized, that I brought this imaginary trip to life.