From 4 September, 2010 to 25 September, 2010
Opening 4 September, 2010

Magda Danysz Gallery - 78, rue Amelot - Paris 11

Alain Delorme offers us a very singular vision of China in the days leading up to the World Expo in his new series: "Totems". His work is the result of two residencies in Shanghai, supported by the Ailing Foundation. It underlines the photographer's fascination for the pressures undergone by migrants. Piles of goods labeled “Made in China” are stacked up to create quite unusual sculptures, symbols of the Chinesese ever increasing fetish forobjects. Raphaële Bertho, a historian of photography, writes about Totems: “These workers transport objects throughout the city. These precarious pillars made of cardboard, chairs, bottles or tires appear to be the new totemsof a society under complete transformation, both a factory for the world and a new El Dorado for market economy.” The totems vertical nature echoes the incessant expansion of urbanity - constantly underconstruction. The photographer gives a new vision, full of humor and poetry of these porters, at the same time super heroes and ants with impressive loads. Far from the typical photos of Chinaportraying crowds, he focuses on these workers' individuality and uniqueness, in contrast with all of the indistinguishable and interchangeable objects. Behind the blue sky and the vibrant colors of this new Chinese dream, we recognize the style of theauthor of the series "Little Dolls". Beyond this supposedly smooth portrait of China we feel a “worrying strangeness.” “Far from a hymn to materialism, these images highlighting the overabundance ofobjects tend to become absurd and point to the complexity of a society reinventing itself.”


  • Totem # 2
  • Totem # 12
  • Totem # 1
  • Totem # 3
  • Totem # 4
  • Totem # 5
  • Totem # 7
  • Totem # 8
  • Totem # 9
  • Totem # 13
  • Totem # 15
  • Totem #6

Paris gallery :

78, rue Amelot , Paris 11, France
open from tuesday to friday from 11 AM to 7 PM and saturday from 2 PM to 7 PM
ouvert du mardi au vendredi de 11h à 19h et le samedi de 14h à 19h

t:+33 (0)1 45 83 38 51

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Shanghai gallery 上海 :

188 Linqing road, Shanghai, China
by Yangshupu Road (North Bund)
上海市杨浦区临青路188号 (近杨树浦路)
Open Tuesday to Sunday - 11AM to 6PM
星期二至星期日 11:00—18:00 (星期一休息)
t: +86 21 5513 9599