“Like them, I’m 20 years old. Paris, outside night, brilliant interiors. Very early 80s, the triangle Grands Boulevards, République, Gare de l’Est, mark their territory. The 50s violence is back again, in the manner of West Side story between two rival bands coming from the suburbs but also from wealthy neighborhoods: the Vikings and Panthers. Blacks, Whites, and the kids of North African descent. Nice mugs already cracked. The bottom of the air is for the tribes, the look, the trendy magazines are looking for something new and interesting, I have found I am sure hypest story of the moment.
Troubles, but mostly, and that’s what I come to get is this fucking trilogy, sex, drugs and Rock & Roll. Immersed, accepted, rejected, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. I constantly photograph while going through night scenes and so desired downward spiral, I fight with the boosted flash of my Nikon. To try to play in the firmament the burning and fast life that appears in front my eyes in the buried hope of one and possible tomorrow”
Philippe Chancel, 2016
The gallery invites Philippe Chancel to present this series in black and white made in 1982 selected from his archives, presented for the first time during Paris Photo 2016, then at the Multimedia Arts Museum in Moscow in 2017 and at the Barbican Center in London in 2018.
Born in 1959, Chancel has been pursuing a photographic experience for more than twenty years in the complex field of art, documentary and journalism. A portfolio of 12 original prints in limited edition is published on this occasion (and was previewed at Paris Photo in November 2018 ).
Philippe Chancel: Rebel’s
Exhibition from 20th to 23rd of December 2018
Melanie Rio Fluency Gallery
3, place Albert Camus