2012 winners

Hugo Aveta, Argentina

Che Onejoon, South Korea

Lek Kiatsirikajorn, Thailand

Hugo Aveta, Argentina

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Hugo Aveta was born in 1965 in Argentina and his work was exhibited for the first time in France in PHOTOQUAI 2009 with the series "Sustractable Spaces" (2008). From his architectural and film studies, he has retained a pronounced taste for the very cinematic staging of abandoned buildings and combines the language of documentary photography with the design of architectural scenarios in which lighting takes a central role.

His use of mysterious chiaroscuro situates his work in aesthetic terms between horror films and Baroque painting. In his previous series, Hugo Aveta played between reality and fiction, photographing not the buildings themselves but models of existing buildings constructed entirely on the basis of reality.


soma, le temps habite

For the PHOTOQUAI Residences, Hugo Aveta intends to extend the work he has thus far carried out in Argentina to other Latin American countries. This will involve examining the shared past of the whole of Latin America (Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay etc.) by following the indelible traces left in places charged with life and death, each symbol of the dark events in the history of Latin America. Through this project, by constructing and then photographing models, the artist intends to transform collective memory into history.

Che Onejoon, South Korea

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Che, Onejoon was born in Seoul in 1979 and currently lives in Seoul.
He deals with specific places of Korean society which connotes social and political matters. His works look as if they were documents of the deserted and hidden places in the city. Simultaneously it gives an idea of the structural changes that have affected Korea's modern and contemporary social and political history. He received the ‘Ilwoo (Korean air line) Foundation photo prize 2010’ for works from his book ‘Geopolitics of the visible’ and he was nominated for ‘The 11th Hermes Korea Art Prize’ by Hermes Foundation, Seoul, 2011. He was selected for Le Pavilion residency program, Palais de Tokyo, Paris  2011. Since 2001 Onejoon's photo and video works have been presented in biennials, museums and film festivals in many countries. 

a monumental tour

Che Onejoon's project proposes a new dialogue between cultures: a South Korean, he offers an investigation into the property and architectural contracts which, since the 1970s have linked North Korea with various African countries. It is to the same company, based in Pyongyang, that we owe the Peace Tower in Ethiopia, the African Renaissance Monument in Senegal and the Presidential Palace in Uganda, but also monumental statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

During his project, Che Onejoon intends to produce a documentary on these statues and monuments that follow the rules of socialist realist monumental art. The final series will consist of photographs of these monuments taken by the artist; frontal views, but also portraits of witnesses, craftsmen and workers who have contributed to the work, in Korea and in Africa. Through this project and these African architectural manifestations, Che Onejoon intends to produce a shadow portrait of North Korea.

Lek Kiatsirikajorn, Thailand

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Lek Kiatsirikajorn studied painting at the Silpakorn University of Fine Art in Bangkok before becoming interested in photography, essentially due to its potential for outreach.  He was a promising young artist on the Thai scene in 2001 when he decided to move to England and study photography at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth. Immediately after graduating he won the “Fashion Meets Art” prize organised by the British magazine ArtReview. After spending seven years working in fashion and advertising in the United Kingdom with Mario Vivanco and O Studio, he returned to Thailand in 2008. This return to his native land inspired the series "As time goes by", presented in the context of PHOTOQUAI 2011, and for the first time in France.

In England, Lek Kiatsirikajorn became fascinated with the great American documentary photographers like Walker Evans, Stephen Shore, John Sternfeld and Alec Soth. The way they managed to project a strong image of American society through a personal vision inspired him to look back to his own roots. As an expatriate, he came to think he could understand his home country better, to perceive aspects of it that he had not seen before.


lost in paradise

Lek Kiatsirikajorn began this project in 2011, and has already produced 6 images for a series that he has limited to 35 photographs. In his quest to produce portraits of Thais having emigrated from the interior of the country, from the rural areas to the edges of the capital, Bangkok, he has discovered workers who recreate an agricultural world in the no-man's land constituted by these peri-urban areas. He compares their situation to that of Thailand: "They have abandoned their past, hoping for a better life, but they find themselves stranded between their lost past and an unattainable future."