Olivier Valsecchi’s new series “Amazon” is a gallery of post-apocalyptic portraits where half-prehistoric half-Disney characters are photographed in front of an ancient wall carpet depicting an eerie jungle.
Inspired by Van Eyck and Dürer paintings and the Native Americans, Valsecchi replaced Adam and Eve by Tarzan and Pocahontas look-alikes in order to create his own version of the mythological Garden of Eden from the perspective of childhood and ethnic diversity.
The greenish colour of the background sets an atmosphere of a swampy world, dying from pollution or chaos, that these few survivors are about to leave behind in search for a new horizon.
Combining end and beginning, birth and death in a same image has been Valsecchi’s leitmotiv thoughout his entire work. Revealed to the public eye by “Dust” in 2009 that earned him the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award two years later, he never ceased to expand his own vision. From “Klecksography” to “Drifting”, Valsecchi created his shape and frequency through his diligently constructed narrative, straightforward composition and his chiaroscuro approach of light, along with original concepts and meticulous sense of details. Amazon will be exhibited at Pierre-Alain Challier Galerie as part of group show “L’Homme Nu” with Rancinan, Orlan, Hans Withoos, François Rousseau, Stefanie Renoma.