Architecture - NOMINEE: Loïc Vendrame
Future Rust, Future Dust
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This long term documentary project across several countries around the world aims to analyse the urban and architectural impact of the last world financial crisis and the burst of the real estate bubble, through a ‘concrete tsunami’ exploration of ghost cities, aborted tourism projects, or unused infrastructures which are the result of this economic crisis, corrupt elected officials, megalomaniac investors and dreams of homeownership.
In a documentation process of showing the persistence of abandonment and incompleteness many years after the crisis, the visual approach combines aesthetism and graphism, while retaining these unfinished constructions in their surrounding space. The search of droop breaks the temporality by strengthening the effect of unreal and inhuman scenes. And everywhere, vegetation digs the concrete, slowly returning back at its place.
Geographer and now working in humanitarian NGO, my passion for urban photography was born 7 years ago. Firstly attracted by contemporary architecture, I explored metropolises of the world to find colourful and graphics architectural subjects, seeking to sublimate volumes and perspectives.
Today my photographic work is shifting towards the study of urban planning, land and space. I’m looking to highlight unsustainable political and socio-economic phenomena, sometimes devoid of all common sense, through a photographic documentation project on “non -places” and urban interstices.