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Paras Chandaria, Nairobi – The Jungle City. © Paras Chandaria. Paras Chandaria, Nairobi – The Jungle City. © Paras Chandaria.

Nairobi, an urban jungle?

Nairobi, la ville est une jungle (Nairobi, the city is a jungle) by Paras Chandaria is an exhibition that invites us to reflect on the consequences of the urban expansion of Kenya's capital. Giraffes, lions, and ostriches live in the national park of the Kenyan capital, in increasingly less extensive and threatened areas every day with the expansion of urban peripheries. The immediate consequences in addition to the reduction of untouched areas are the transformation of the habits of animals that naturally live in those areas.

The exhibition of Nairobi, la ville est une jungle by Paras Chandaria at the Maison de la Photographie in La Gacilly at the Festival Photo La Gacilly 2017. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.
The exhibition of Nairobi, la ville est une jungle by Paras Chandaria at the Maison de la Photographie in La Gacilly at the Festival Photo La Gacilly 2017. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

It is not just mere animal-rights environmentalism. The consequences are palpable also for man. Episodes like that of the lion shot down less than fifty kilometres south of Nairobi by the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers in April 2016 because it had terrified the small town of Isinya, is the clear testimony of anything but a peaceful coexistence between the population and the local fauna. They also reveal how the danger in an undesirable proximity is more than concrete on both sides.

The exhibition of Nairobi, la ville est une jungle by Paras Chandaria at the Maison de la Photographie in La Gacilly at the Festival Photo La Gacilly 2017. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.
The exhibition of Nairobi, la ville est une jungle by Paras Chandaria at the Maison de la Photographie in La Gacilly at the Festival Photo La Gacilly 2017. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

Paras Chandaria, who is a member of an NGO that aims to preserve the Nairobi Natural Park where at least eighty species are at risk, wants to highlight with his work the clamorous overlap between modernity and nature. His images – thanks also to the accurate use of particularly long focal points, of which he uses with intelligence the crushing effect of the apparent perspective – show how real the problem is.
Beyond the high formal value and symbolic language of the images, the choice of the curators to print gigantic images is extremely convincing in La Gacilly risulta estremamente convincente la scelta dei curatori di stampare le immagini in formato gigantesco. A decision, which even at a distance renders the deep meaning of Chandaria's work, as well as resulting spectacularly winning. [ Sandro Iovine ]

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NAIROBI, LA VILLE EST UNE JUNGLE
by Paras Chandaria
Maison de la Photographie, Le Bout du Pont - La Gacilly (France)
3 June – 30 September 2017
entrance fee: free


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[ INTERNAL RESOURCES ]
[ FPtag ] Festival Photo La Gacilly 2017: the editorial staff point of view
[ FPtag ] Festival Photo La Gacilly 2016: the editorial staff point of view
[ events ] Festival Photo La Gacilly 2017
[ events ] Festival Photo La Gacilly 2015

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published on 2017-08-05 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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