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Edition 2017

 

Guillaume Zuili, 1st prize

Born in 1965 in Paris, he is now an american citizen and lives in Los Angeles since 2002. Represented by Clementine de la Feronniere Gallery. Paris. He is correspondant for VU Agency.
A large part of his work then focused on the complexity of europeans cities through history (1996-). By using double exposure technique : Berlin, Moscow, Paris, Prague and Lisbon.
Today his obsession is about the American Myth and uses different approaches and techniques. “LA Smoke & Mirrors”, “LA Chromo”, and now “Harbor City” all treat about symbols, collective memories, through urban landscape.


URBAN JUNGLE
I have been living in Los Angeles since 2002. I am photographing this Giant everyday and L.A doesn’t stop to surprise me.
This is not one but many cities added next to each others and it expends horizontally. Linked by hundreds of miles of freeways.
Different worlds live next to each other but they don’t mix. Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, the Westide almost ignore the existence of a Downtown LA and East LA is like an abstraction. I photographed through the years these different univers with always the same obsession of signs and traces.
I moved to San Pedro in 2017 and I discovered a part of LA I didn’t know at all. In fact artists from Venice Beach or Downtown have been pushed, because of the “gentrification”, to this area which is between the westide and his beaches and the opulent Orange County.
San Pedro is the Harbor of Los Angeles.
A city where you hide or you have been lost...
An urban and industrial mess where everything is mixed up.
Freeways coming from left and right with an endless flow of trucks delivering the products from the ships containers days and nights...
In between some empty buildings with all their windows laying open. Empty signs from a different period laying abandoned. They resist but soon will disappear.
Small shops with fences and locks all around to protect themselves.
A “Sorry Man” on a wall from an Evangelic Church. To control the Latinos workers in their pursuit of the american dream. And let them fear Him above.
A dead palm tree that has been cut. Because nothing resist to the progress of that dream.
An American Flag proudly raised on a scaffolding because they are everywhere.
These old signs coming from a Walker Evans time still sitting there.
Again and again these freeways...
And this dead beat Van with rust all over who came from Wyoming. Ended up at the end of the road toward the West. And his Myth.
G.Zuili

www.guillaumezuili.com


 

 

 

© Guillaume Zuili, courtesy
Galerie Clémentine de la Féronniere

© Guillaume Zuili, courtesy
Galerie Clémentine de la Féronniere

© Guillaume Zuili, courtesy
Galerie Clémentine de la Féronniere