At a time when all cultural places have once again closed their doors to the public, 1831 Gallery has chosen to present in its exhibition space on rue de Lille the latest series produced by the young Franco-Chinese photographer Yang Wang entitled “Not Alone in Quarantine”.
Inspired by the global isolation experienced by a large part of the planet, photographer Yang Wang chooses to illustrate the daily routine of confinement, the way in which we have each managed to cope with loneliness, to change our social relationships in a limited space.
Pushed to introspection by this isolation, the photographer thus explored the plurality of “selves”, with which everyone can identify.
“Just a week after the lockdown began in March, I started going mad. There is nothing worse than loneliness for a human being. I missed my friends, my family. I wanted to see people, Touch them. Then, I had the idea of grouping together the different “selves” during the lockdown: the “me” who watches TV, the “me” who plays sports, the “me” who reads, the “me” me “who drinks, the” me “who has fun … All these” me “gathered in one photo. When I felt really alone, I took a picture of myself. It’s good! You are alone! I felt better this way; my batteries were recharged and I set off in search of the real “me.” This very first photo was the start of a new project: to illustrate the daily routine of confinement, how we coped with loneliness and the limitation of our space. Some have discovered their true personality; others will find it! ” Yang Wang.
Breaking down temporality, he brings together in a single image a diversity of postures where interiors are the natural settings for this staging of bodies and attitudes. This series is thus the humanist, spontaneous and often humorous testimony of what one could define as the multiplicity of our solitudes. Chateau, apartment, loft, house in town or in the countryside … in France, Switzerland or Spain, single or as a couple, with family, these photographs were taken from March 2020, until today. Each photo is accompanied by the first name of the models, and the geographical places of confinement.
Yang Wang (1975 -) Chinese photographer Yang Wang is a Chinese photographer, also emeritus dancer, graduate of the Institute of the People’s Liberation Army of China, principal ballet dancer. After an international career as a dancer, he entered the world of photography in 2006 by reporting on the French tour “Living Dance” that he produced. Since 2011, he has devoted himself mainly to fashion and nude photography, working with the biggest magazines like GQ or Vogue, allowing him to develop the main subject of his artistic reflection: his relationship to the body. It is by transposing this aesthetic quest for dance to photography that he now fully exploits the possibilities of the subject which has fascinated artists since antiquity.
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