Young SFR Talents in Les Halles
Since 2006, SFR has revealed and accompanied Young Talents. In association with the City of Paris and during the exhibition Doisneau Paris Les Halles, eight “Young SFR Talents” took pictures of the current transformations under way in « Les Halles neighborhood ».
The results of the project are on display from February 8th through March 15th, 2012, under glass panels in the lower level of the Forum des Halles in an exhibition called “Paris Les Halles, Regards d’aujourd’hui”.
The eight selected photographers from the “Young Talent” program worked under the direction of Patrick Tourneboeuf ( photographer from tendance floue) to document life in the changing Forum des Halles neighborhood. “During Construction, Life Goes On”, the show opened the door to pictures of work in progress and the transformation of the public space. For a month, these eight young talents recorded what existed, what was removed, and what is expected to be. Each developed a personal point of view, with individual interrogations concerning the selected environment.
Self-taught photographer Emilie Arfeuil documented morning street cleaners and their daily interventions before shop opening. “Behind the Forum service doors, another world, old and dark, where hard and determined workers, discrete and courageous immigrants, accomplish their daily chores without complaints.”
Carlos Ayesta, from Venezuela, is part of the photography collective, « Trois 8 ». His story, (Re)-nouveau depart (Re-new departure), covers the daily life of Mustapha, who, for the past 18 months, has been living in les Halles. “This series marks the end of a difficult time and somehow, a new start, a (re)naissance… By chance or coincidence, Mustapha’s life changed when renovations began.”
Arno Brignon has a flair for black and white documentary photos. 6 feet under, his series questions/ “Les Halles, this cathedral of conspicuous consumption, is under reconstruction but if glitter and tinsel are just a pretext for wandering through the labyrinth, he wondered which hallway would reveal the best ”.
Ezio d’Agostino is part of the Documentary Platform, that contain visual archives of Italian society and landscapes. Alphabet / Les Halles 1979 – 2011 seek to uncover the sign language created in the space, a visual alphabet containing his story, an autobiography he began 32 years ago. “I note the words, vowels, punctuation, and phrases written on these sheets of rock, glass and cement. I catalog the remains of this space .”
Antoine Katarzynski, presents Visages de marque (Brand Faces), a series of 15 pictures isolating people with their shopping bags. Spontaneous portraits, in part of les Halles that remains, despite the works, the commercial heart of Paris.”
Guillaume Martial, offers Metropolis: Paris les Halles 2012 that combine social, human and contemporary points of view with one finality.. “How does one show the relationship between human being and urban environment? Hovering between fiction and reality, trouble lurks in these pictures.”
Stefan Mihalachi’s Les anonymes des Halles is a modern photographic work. “The construction site is but the expression of temporary chaos in the life of a city. People accept this chaos, this hell, adapt to it and continue with their lives. “
With Caché Julien Raout shows a life changed by surroundings . “This barrier in what appears to be a border shows a split and turns the disappearing buildings into mere carcasses. From now on, this nearly surgical curtain functions like a bridge between the dilapidation of the place and the promise of its renovation, it is a witness to change ”
Paris Les Halles Regards d'aujourd'hui
8 young winners of SFR Young Talents
Until March 15 2012
Forum des Halles
Verrières de la Place Basse
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