HERE THERE ARE MEN. Portrait(s) of China by Patrick Wack
French photographer Patrick Wack dedicated his work to exploring the mindset of China and its people. His portraits recount everyday life amidst this nation’s extreme cultural and environmental changes. This is his first solo-show in Singapore.
A fashionable tourist girl against the muddy skyline of Chongqing, a Mao-loving Tibetan on the trails of a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage, hipsters in Inner Mongolia – Shanghai-based French photographer Patrick Wack recounts everyday life amidst extreme cultural and environmental change in China. Rural plains, eerie mountains and surreal, disassembled cityscapes provide the backdrop for his everyday men and women in brief moments of their daily lives. Patrick lends his images a cinematic quality by blending natural and artificial light, while jungles of grey concrete and futuristic urban backgrounds in his motifs seem to derive from pure science fiction. His images, which border the realms of both art and documentary, will now be shown in Singapore for the first time.
Patrick Wack, born 1979 in Cannes, is a professional photographer who lives and works in Shanghai since 2006. He grew up in Paris and graduated from Paris Business School (ESCP-AEP) in 2005. Patrick spent several years in the USA, Sweden and Germany before settling in China. Fully self-taught, he started working as an independent photographer, focusing on portraiture, reportage and editorial photography. For the past years, he has been exploring life amidst the rural and urban extremes of China, investigating the commonalities and differences in the mindset of China’s various inhabitants.