For several years, Julien Chatelin has been working on issues related to urbanization and the cyclical transformations of our environments. This work, Promised Lands, brings together to date four series respectively carried out in Egypt, Detroit, Norilsk in Siberia and China, with China West. In western China, the rapid pace of economic development is creating a new period of transformation. The country’s topography is radically redefined and, with it, the distribution of populations, forced to migrate from rural areas to large newly constructed mega-cities. At the edge of these new cities, the semi-desert landscapes evoke a deep ambivalence, between fertility...
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