Photographer Claudia Jaguaribe photographed for Beijing in a quest to translate a sensation that was already drawing her attention everywhere, but that is much more evident there: the excesses. "They are objects, people, landscapes, as if all the places were occupied"
Back in China after 15 years, photographer Claudia Jaguaribe photographed for Beijing in 2015 and 2016 in a quest to translate a sensation that was already drawing her attention everywhere, but that is much more evident there: the excesses. "They are objects, people, landscapes, as if all places were occupied and in the images accumulate new senses and forms. It is as if this whirlwind scares the individual fear of nothingness, the absence of meaning, the vacuum, "reflects the photographer. So the title: Horror Vacui, an expression in Latin that means horror to emptiness.
To mount the exhibition, Claudia opted for overlays that lead the viewer to look back and forth, history and contemporaneity. In the first set, paintings photographed in the city make a kind of frame for the central photograph. "It's as if ancient China talked to modern China," says Claudia.
Designed especially for the space of the Casa Nova, another set brings together hundreds of images in a large light box. They are details, landscapes, people, buildings, which map the city in six layers that culminate in the center of the box with the forbidden city.
On the ceiling, hanging on a rail, 14 other photographs form a kind of cloud, and, in the hallway, a man in dark tone, overlaid by a glass; As the visitor approaches, the feeling is that you stand next to him, framed in that photograph.
The entire project will also be released in a photo book by Pierre Bessard's Bessard Edition (Paris). "This work is also about an ancient tradition in oriental art in which the obsessive filling of space creates images where reality and fantasy are mixed, and this transcends China," adds Claudia.