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From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux 1 / 6       From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux.

From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux 2 / 6       From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux.

From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux 3 / 6       From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux.

From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux 4 / 6       From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux.

From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux 5 / 6       From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux.

From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux 6 / 6       From the series 38E Parallel Nord by Hélène Veilleux. © Hélène Veilleux.

38E Parallel Nord

VisionQuesT contemporary photography is pleased to present the new 2016/2017 season with Hélène Veilleux and her 38E Parallel Nord project.


For this project Hélène Veilleux strolls in one of the most closed city in the world: Pyongyang, North Korea, and she gives back postcard images that look like propaganda posters typical of the communist-era, filled with that hostility typical of that architecture designed to belittle the individual and emphasize the strength of the collective. The power of the state on public spaces, where architecture becomes a political statement; Pyongyang is the example of a theater city where every view and every move are designed and built to serve a fiction state and where every citizen has a specific role in this authoritarian theater.

Not being able to have access to the reality of the country, Hélène Veilleux, decides to concentrate the project of her photographs on a simple idea: what a country decides to show says a lot about what this country wants to hide. Aided by the toned images through the use of a rosy filter, which gives them a sense of almost exaggerated sweetness, and embellished with clouds that look like cotton candy, these urban landscapes, with no or few people present, make us question what's behind the long clean boulevards, the great monuments and brand new buildings, the large statues of the always smiling leaders: these are the questions that arise from silent 38E Parallel North.

«My creative work – said the French artist – could be defined as a thin line between reality and fiction. I invite you to cross the 38th parallel north and visit Pyongyang».

Hélène Veilleux. 38E Parallel Nord
VisionQuesT contemporary photography, piazza Invrea, 4r - Genova (Italy)
October, 7th – November, 26th 2016

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published on 2016-10-11 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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