Jecza Gallery, Timisoara: Xiaolangdi – A photographic project by Alain Feliu

Xiaolangdi – A project by Alain Feliu

The construction of a dam on the Yellow River in China.

Opening on Friday the 17th of October 2014 at 7PM, at Jecza Gallery, Calea Martirilor 51/52-53 Timisoara, Romania.

Alain Féliu (French artist) followed the construction process of a dam in Xiaolangdi. During three years time, using a large format 4 by 5inch camera, Alain Féliu captured the evolution and implications of this construction project on the landscape, the environment and the people.

His photographic journey, in an unknown territory, means for many of us, the chance to explore this vast country, it's people and policies. The series also shows the way nature and communities learn to adapt, move or change – in the region of Xiaolangdi more than 170.000 people had to move their homes in order to escape the flood, to give only one example.

This powerful exhibition doesn’t speak only about a 154 meter high and 1000 meter long Chinese dam, the project is more a metaphor for one of the biggest countries in the world – China – with its hierarchies, culture differences, people and constant evolution.

In his own introduction to the series the artists recalls his fascination for this site: “Xiaolangdi (“Small Deep Wave”/translation of name in English) is one of those places of an intense poetry and of whose imaginary you can no longer escape.

 So you return.”

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