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LAURENT DEQUICK

STOCKHOLM - GAMLA STAN II

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The artist

This 40 year old photographer is an architect by profession. There are signs of this in his work as it is first of all a reflection on contemporary cities and more specifically aboutthe proliferation of modern urban space. Laurent Dequick’s purpose is to accurately convey an impression of frenzy which results from a density of population and activity in urban areas: « Along the streets, the lights, the noise, the traffic, the swarms of pedestrians, the blend of smells, are so fascinating that no single shot can entirely capture it. Do choices have to be made? I don’t think so: I don’t want to… »To translate this urban life congestion into an image, the photographer does not shy away from the juxtaposition, superposition or inlaying of shots. With the same intensity he overlaps photographs representing architectural complexes, main traffic routes and people. He condenses the images like the city condenses the sum of its inhabitants’ lives. Dequick’s style is reminiscent of cubism in its execution close to abstraction andin his representation of permanent movement.  ... See more See less

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As you walk down the street, the lights, noises, traffic, hustle and bustle, and mix of smells are so striking that no single shot could capture all of it. So do we have to make choices? I don’t think so and I don’t want to.

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Laurent Dequick moves away from the traditional representation that we have of the landscapes around us, presenting a highly poetic vision that borrows from the cubist movement. On his many escapades all over the world, he captures many of the monuments that have been the undisputed witnesses of history and of the radiating influence of the countries he travels through. He has always been passionate about combining techniques and his work is the fruit of an inseparable encounter between photography and painting. This image is taken from his series dedicated to the Swedish capital. Nicknamed the ?Venice of the North?, it extends over several islands in the Baltic Sea. From the flamboyant royal theatre to the Vasa Bridge, Laurent Dequick invites us to explore the multi-faceted city of Stockholm. On this occasion, he presents the old part of the city named ?Gamla Stan?, distributed over the islands of Stadsholmen, Riddarholmen, and Helgeandsholmen. The urban freneticism and hyperactivity that he likes to represent are expressed by a condensation of shooting angles, which draws the spectator?s eye.

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14 March 2018

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