Neverland is a land like no other, this is a place where children never grow up, a fantasy world where everything is perfect. When I started this work at La Foire du Trone, in my mind I thought I would meet boys and girls who would come here to reconnect with their childhood. Like in childhood, here time flies in a special way, the whole place is about playing, pleasure and fun. That’s what everybody is coming here for, nothing else. Time does not exist. As childhood is part of life, fun fair is a condensed version of the world, a snapshot of our society.
What are we looking for here? what do we hope to find in this fabricated and artificial world? we are in the world of the past but it remains captivating. It is a world where you can horse ride, pilot a helicopter, fly, jump, use a gun, gamble, be a winner, enjoy waffles and all that in just a couple of hours! It is an unconventional world that makes us forget who we are and where we come from.
The lights, the sounds, the sensations are fascinating, “ever faster and higher, ever stronger and crazier.”
People’s faces are superficial moments of innocence. We come here and play a role, we come here and become somebody else. Let’s get ready for it, girls dress up, men look the part, we are in the spotlights, we play and our
eyes light up.
Like in Neverland, we get to this world by dreaming or flying. Like in Neverland, we experience a world of many faces. This is a world where we can all experience our dreams, find what we wish for, a world where you can wear any mask for the day.
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