This monumental photograph was selected by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the of cial image of the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference held in 2015 in Paris. It was unveiled and presented to the 140 state leaders attending the COP21 conference, and exhibited in the main plenary chamber. On the left side of the photograph is a tree whose leaves have been replaced by plastic bags. On the right side of the photo is a child harmoniously awakening to the world. In the middle a solitary butter y, offering hope for the future of our environment.
About Gérard Rancinan
Gérard Rancinan, who initially became widely known for his portrait photography, produces large-scale photographic tableaux commenting on social issues, politics, violence, and popular culture. Rancinan’s career a photojournalist in his teenage years, covering wars, riots, and natural disasters, directly shaped the critical tone of his later work. Rancinan’s works are often based on classical narratives and iconic artworks, but feature contemporary pop culture figures and objects in dramatic situations. Since 2005, Rancinan has worked on his epic series “Trilogy of the Moderns” with author Caroline Gaudriault, comprised of over 70 photographs. Subjects include remakes of Théodore Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa (1818-9) and Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1665), as well as Mickey Mouse- and Batman-themed satires.
French, b. 1953, Talence, France