09 / 09 / 2009
Boris Svartzman offers a series of photographs taken in China where urbanisation is growing very fast. From the destruction of city centers to isolated country, from farmers to new middle classes.
Boris was born in Argentina. He princiaplly specializes in sociology, economy and chinese. But as he has been interested in photography since he was a child, he participates in workshops in Uruguay and in Argentina. He gets his first exhibition in VISA in 2006 during a screening (tables rases).
He keeps on taking pictures in China with a camera he borrows from a friend and focuses his project on three themes: sites after demolition, interior portraits and subburds. He is always torn between his will to be a profesional photographer and that to finish his thesis. He makes the decision to work on both projects and to link them somehow.
His photographic work transcribes well the discovery of an other country, in its human and social perspectives. On sites, he gets in touch with chinese workers who salvage materials in order to recycle them.
"People don't think wether they're happy or not, they are constantly adapting to a country which is always transforming."
Boris' intention is absolutely not to show poverty. He wants to underline interaction between people and their environment. Boris communicates with sociologists and China specialists who push him to continue his photographic work for it represents a foreign point of view upon a country in great change.
Boris imagines his next projects in the same tone of that he presently exhibits at the Couvent des Minimes. He is not interested in covering hot news but prefers lingering on the sociologic aspect if he gets to travel and take photographs.