We continue and present the projects selected by Les Nuits Photographiques 2015 awards, which took place on September 19th. Today is about “Affinity“, directed by Inès Lion, french photographer.
Affinity explores the fine line between reality and artificiality. The project works in an indefinite space and time and flirts with science fiction while questioning the illusionist powers of photography.
The photographs were taken in different British museums following a single criterion: the fake. They are accompanied by the voice of a narrator who depicts a world where terrestrial life has been entirely replaced with a copy. Humans, animals, food and plants thrive in a kingdom of illusory perfection where only lookalikes exist in shells emptied of all substance.
An ever increasing number of photographs are taken these days. We move forward in a world where more and more things are becoming artificial; even our heart can be replaced by a sophisticated device. The etymology of artificial is “something not natural, made by man using art” and we might add that photography fakes reality using light. I would like to think that Affinity shows how the most familiar items in our daily life could, one day, become both strange and estranged.
Les Nuits Photographiques
Until December 12th, 2015
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