Art-T. #1 – ‘Manufactured Totems’ by Alain Delorme

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Born in 1979, Alain Delorme lives and works in Paris. The ‘Manufactured Totems’ series (2009-2011) are the results of 2 residency programs in Shanghai (China).

‘Manufactured Totems’ – by Raphaële Bertho, photography historian, August 2010:

The ‘Totems’ series by Alain Delorme plunges us into the core of contemporary China and its complexity.  Under the blue sky of a highly colored Shanghai, men carry throughout the city unbelievable piles. These precarious columns made of cardboard or chairs appear as new totems of a society in complete transformation, both a factory for the world and a new El Dorado of the market economy.
With a look of humor and poetry, Alain Delorme settles us in the heart of the new ‘Chinese dream’. Far from a hymn to materialism, these images, putting forward the overabundance of the objects, tend to the absurd and let catch a glimpse of the complexity of a country reinventing itself. Between dream and reality, these pictures turn upside down the scales of values and blur the border between the visible and the invisible.

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