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21 October

2011 winners

Kim Hak, Cambodia

Andrew Esiebo, Nigeria

Joao Castilho, Brazil

photographies entrées dans les collections du musée

Kim Hak, Cambodia

Kim Hak, PHOTOQUAI 2011 © musée du quai Branly, photo Cyril Zanettacci
Kim Hak, PHOTOQUAI 2011 © musée du quai Branly, photograph Cyril Zanettacci

Born in 1981 in the province of Battambang, in the west of Cambodia. His series ON was presented at the 2010 Phnom Penh Photography Festival, and in the context of Photoquai 2011. Born of a family of rice farmers, on his arrival in Phnom Penh Hak Kim became preoccupied with the demolitions resulting from property speculation, convulsing the panorama of a capital whose charm was to a large extent due to its peaceful horizontalism.

www.kimhak.com

SOMEONE

For the musée du quai Branly, Hak Kim has undertaken an archaeological journey through what remains of the 1960s at Kep, a town situated in the south of the kingdom of Cambodia, and which was in the 1960s the seaside destination of choice for holidaymakers, to the point where it became the fashionable resort of the Cambodian Riviera. 

Kep provides information on the modern architecture of the time and reveals the golden age of Cambodia before the war and the disaster of the Khmer Rouge. "Someone" still inhabits these ghost-houses, and identifies with these strange ruins.

Photos de la série Someone, de Hak Kim - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Someone (c) Hak Kim
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Someone (c) Hak Kim
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Someone (c) Hak Kim

Andrew Esiebo, Nigeria

Portrait d'Andrew Esiebo, par Cyril Zanettacci
Andrew Esiebo, PHOTOQUAI 2011 © musée du quai Branly, photograph Cyril Zanettacci

Born in 1978, Andrew Esiebo lives and works in Ibadan. He is one of the founder members of the Nigerian photojournalist collective Black Box. Andrew Esiebo taught himself photography with his first camera, given to him in 2000, photographing subjects such as the young people of his generation, nightlife, football, the renewal of religious fervour, urban development and the cultural traditions of Nigeria. He became known for his work on the daily life of a Cameroonian homosexual in Paris, in the context of a Visa for Creation from CulturesFrance (2007). Andrew Esiebo's work was exhibited for the first time in France in PHOTOQUAI 2011, with his AlterGogo series.

www.andrewesiebo.com

PRIDE

Pride offers a photographic exploration of the phenomenon of men's hairdressers in the countries of west Africa: Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Mauritania. For the artist, the profession of hairdresser has major social importance in that hair styles and techniques provide a significant contribution to the construction of individual and collective identities, both on the local and national level – and independently of socio-economic status.

Andrew Esiebo explores the role played by hairdressing salons in social mobility, and the manner in which the sector functions as a point of convergence between people from all backgrounds. This project constitutes a reportage on the most popular styles in the large cities, on the personal stories of the hairdressers, and on the spaces dedicated to the art of hairdressing across Africa.

Photos de la série Pride, d'Andrew Esiebo - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Pride (c) Andrew Esiebo
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Pride (c) Andrew Esiebo
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Pride (c) Andrew Esiebo

João Castilho, Brazil

João Castilho
João Castilho (c) rights reserved

With a degree in Arts and Communication and a Master's degree in Visual Arts, João Castilho is one of the rising stars of Brazilian photography. His work is characterised by the literary foundation of several series (Whirlwind, Metamorphosis and Dead Weight), but also by his very specific use of colour (Marie Jeanne, Vacant Plot, Hotel Tropical). Castilho is among the pioneers of what has been called "imaginary documentary". In his most recent series, the artist has borrowed from the concepts of land art in order to give new impetus to his creative process in the field of the constructed image (Spice, Threads). He has also conceived video works and installations (Between Rivers, Earthquake, Entropy Lesson and Scopic Drive).

www.joaocastilho.net

VADE RETRO

The idea of Vade Retro stems from the beliefs of different origins which are held in Brazil and across the whole of Latin America. This area contains a set of stories which will be appropriated and transformed in the construction of the photographs. At first glance, the ideas underpinning Vade Retro may appear metaphysical... But they reveal more of human existence than many concrete and obvious items that we can find in our daily lives.

Vade Retro is a photographic essay on the relationship – neither palpable nor immediate – of man with a world where what we see is not always real. The series presents a spectral, ancestral world constructed of apparitions, futures and transformations. This is an essay on the transient, the incomplete, the hybrid. And – why not? – also a work on the inevitable failure inherent in every human life.

Photo de la série Vade Retro, par Joao Castilho - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Vade Retro (c) Joao Castilho