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Julien Caïdos, France
Errance(s) """Every photograph is a miniature world, the fragment of a story that only needs to be told, a landscape of my imagination."" Julien Caidos invites us to a stroll in an urban setting, with an antiquated atmosphere. Trompe-l'oeil three-dimensional, falsification, this decoration of city assumed is at the service of the wandering of its inhabitants. This photographic series, whose aesthetics reflect an omnipresent nostalgia, questions about human solitude. Would not this decoration be the reflection of the one we are building to coat our lives with beautiful facades and rectilinear paths to follow in times of internal turmoil. A reassuring but artificial conditioning, since the characters continue their wandering in these anonymous streets. Even a walk under the sun leads a man to be threatened by the specter of a tree with a monstrous silhouette. In the end, this big chimney engulfs us, and then, nothing. ""Scenes carefully staged in a studio transform themselves into a cliche in the city, streets, buildings and interiors that host characters dragging with them their intimate stories, as if suspended in a still time. I use photography because in front of photography, we always have the feeling that what we see is real, even if we know that it is a model or a set. Similar to photographic paintings, street scenes freeze and intertwine dream, fiction and memories to transport the viewer into an imaginary and nostalgic space."