The exhibition Printemps indien (Indian Spring) gathers fifteen years of exploration of contemporary India led by photographer Frédéric Delangle, who tried to extend bridges between the Western World and this elusive East. “India has its own logic. It can seem strange, even crazy, to a Westerner. One must observe it, examine it, feel it, question it, learn patience, be ready to lose references, forget the obvious,” explains the photographer.
Under the cover of a chaotic appearance, the Indian society is in full possession of an organization governed by systems. Frédéric Delangle takes pleasure in decoding them and, with great freedom, communicates them to us through works mixing photography with sculpture, collaborative painting, and participative installation.
Ghats, intersections, traffic of the crowd, and transportations, late-night shops make urbanism the object of his photographic analysis. He gives it a personal point of view, questioning in the same way our European views, also grappling with globalization, our history, and our culture. In this back and forth between the two continents, Frédéric Delangle resonates two civilizations that, yet, seemed so separate. Going beyond the current rigorous climate, he balances political and artistic engagement in the free, uninhibited approach of an emerging country. This Indian Spring is awakening to changes that the contemporary world knows well, like those of the photographic medium.
The exhibition is putting together four series: Microshops (2012-16), Stairway to Heaven (2016), Paris-Delhi (2012-16) as well as I Shot the Streets.
Frédéric Delangle, Printemps indien
As part of du Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris
From April 8 through 27, 2017
9 rue Charlemagne
April 29-30, Week-end Intense Diagonale
Meeting with Frédéric Delangle, realization of an exclusive version of the series I shot the Street by the public.