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Published by Galerie Paris-Beijing
ISBN: 979-1-09-017613-3
Editor: Galerie Paris-Beijing
Pages: 50
Size: 210 x 210 mm


Excerpts from the preface by Laurent Boudier

A veritable tree of life, the family tree blooms with ancestors; its branches bear young women, and its roots are strengthened by past professions, glories and destinies. Photography and contemporary art often reveal a strong fascination with genealogy; the resulting collective portrait is an alternative way to approach relationships in contemporary societies, classifying them according to archival practices and methods. What was previously a preoccupation of the social sciences has now become of interest to artists, who work at the heart of a system that connects notions of identity, history and memory. Thus, Nandan Ghiya creates imaginary families whose members have no relationship to one another, connecting them in organized lineages according to methodologies currently used in social networks, dating websites and online forums. Of course, in these ancestral collages, we won’t find any ìyoung men with a Masters in economics seeking a talented stylistî; instead, the haughty figures of exotic ancestors are copied and pasted together, their faces barely visible, stripped away by an eruption of pixels on the vintage prints. Their merit lies in being exhibited, regrouped and suddenly brought out from the shadowy dusts of oblivion. This work is a study in active recycling, in twisted meanings, in collusion between times. Shifting from yesterday to today and combining the esthetics of the past and the present, the artist seems to be on a quest to create clever manipulations through cheerfully arbitrary scenarios. A playful archivist, he doctors the facts, reworking them to stimulate and simulate an artful fiction. Is he even the author of these stories that sketch themselves out in each of his compositions? Or is he the mischievous narrator of these images, which belong less to one man than to our collective memory? In other words, they belong to us, from the moment we first gaze upon them in search of connections between this pastiche of beings that chance has bound together.


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Founded in 2006, Galerie Paris-Beijing is dedicated to represent emerging and established artists within two main artistic focuses which are contemporary photography and more generally, the asian art scene.

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