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Perspectives

Date: 2002
Support: Photography
Dimensions: 120 x 142 cm
C–print

The central theme of the Gao Brothers' photography is the representation of a partitioned space that more or less comfortably accommodates man, with his desires, frustrations, suffering, dreams and nightmares. This space, described as "narrative", takes the form of a cupboard, a building abandoned while under construction, a beehive whose many cells interlock, or a completely digital building whose identical windows have a Kafkaesque aspect. However, the space is always a place in which man is alternately moved, waiting, abandoned, lost, excluded, compressed, suffocated and never completely free, but, curiously, never completely unhappy either. It's as if each time man is trapped by his own buildings.
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