Impressions from Fotofever in Paris

11/26/2017

In mid-November I went to the 6th edition of the photography fair Fotofever in Paris, which was wonderful as always. 80 galleries mostly from France but also from all over the world introduced you to 150 known and emerging artists. A fascinating mix of styles, a variety of techniques and wildly different topics.

 

Korean artist Jaegu Kang takes pictures of young men (they are usually 19 years old) just before they enter the obliged military service of 2 years. He wants to show them in their purest form, which is why they are naked and capture the feeling they have at this moment, mostly fear, dread and vulnerability. This young man happened to have a tattoo, which, in Chinese symbols says something like "Yesterday is over and will not come back" and basically implies that we should look forward and not live in the past.

 

 

Another Korean artist: Taebum Ha. He uses pictures of war scenes, here in Gaza, and painstakingly replicates the surroundings with paper models, which he then destroys again with the air rifle of his son, that shoots little, plastic bullets. Beautiful but scary at the same time.

 

 

The works of the artist Suzanne Moxhay have me a very surreal Magritte feeling. Are we inside or outside? Which size is the right one? Where does the light come from? Is it night or day? Very playful, very intriguing and certainly very well done.

 

 

Julie Poncet used her love for complementary colours in this shot. Funnily I also found out yesterday that apparently this house, situated in the north of Paris, is for sale. Just in case that you are interfered.

 

 

I absolutely fell in love with the work of Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, who mostly shoots in Asia and whose well-balanced compositions make my soul feel at rest. Wonderful!!

 

 

Corinne Mariaud shows us the (fake?) beauty of Asian girls but also criticizes the way how everything is reduced to just looks there until we end up with a society, which reminded me of "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley because everyone looks the same in the end.

 

 

Yuna Yagi again. Here she works with a special computer program that was specifically designed for her and that is able to change certain parts of a work only. It's hard to explain. Just have a look.

 

 

Kim de Molenaer. Always beautiful, usually black and white photographs of people.

 

 

Tami Bahat combines people and animals in antiquated looking pictures.

 

 

Sofiane Samlai. This image made me laugh out loud. Brilliant use of Photoshop and any artist who is able to combine art and humour is very welcome.

 

 

I must admit that I liked his works better last year but this small image again totally captivated my attention. Johann Fournier.

 

 

 

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