Sculpture / Photography. 2017 Powdered concrete, Digital photography, 65x50 cm
Over the past few decades, mankind has been in the era of the Anthropocene and has become such a force that it is transforming its territory to build new ones.
Alphabétons is thus an approach to the natural landscape that is changing in a sensitive and critical perspective revealing new imaginaries and representations of the world.
Alphabétons is a series featuring several rivers from around the world (Nile, Mississippi, Yangzijiang ...). For the work Amazonas, I question the South American continent by taking as a subject of study the Amazon River, the largest reserve of fresh water on the planet Earth.
The Amazon River is represented here through twelve photographs that show pieces of the river in powdered concrete. The use of this material is interpreted as an ephemeral, fragile element that tends towards its disappearance over time, a tangible proof of the loss of natural resources. This toxic, harmful and industrial material is also revealed as a human imprint on its habitat, on its ability to shape it. The desertification of the river is announced as its own infertilization through this accumulation of polluting material. These clues show the work as much as a work in progress as an abandoned ruin. This ambiguity refers to the difficulty of the human being to find balance and unity with his environment, his inability to meet with nature.
The arrangement of the photographs thus shows a complete cartography of the great Amazonian basin in the form of a calendar that is transformed into a kind of new alphabet, a new hybrid language. As a result, all rivers make Alphabétons an anthology of a nascent universal idiomatic code.