The After Party series presents facades of French nightclubs, photographed in daylight. These nightclubs, still running, are shown under a different face: neon and other sulphurous attributes peculiar to the nocturnal atmosphere that give way to a more standard and less spangled reality. The Faubourg series presents facades of Ile de France buildings from so-called sensitive areas. These buildings, erected in the 1960s, at the time of the large complexes were built to increase the housing stock and to give the middle / upper class all the modern comforts of the time.
June 7 – November 16, 2018
104 Rue du Faubourg Poissonière 75010 Paris
The Champs Elysées is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world and is a strong symbol of Parisian identity. However, when we take a closer look, this avenue seems to better embody a global culture rather than a local culture. In parallel with his professional activity, he has been developing for the past few years an independent photographer activity, focusing on building series of documentary images with a strong narrative dimension, often focusing on popular culture and social appearances. For his very first personal exhibition, François Prost presents “Photo Stories” at SUPERETTE, an exhibition chronicling four series produced between 2013 and 2017: AfterParty, Faubourg, Champs Élysées & ParisSyndrôme.
AfterParty recounts facades of French nightclubs, photographed in the light of day. These nightclubs, still in activity, are then under a different face: neon and other sulphurous attributes peculiar to the night atmosphere give way to a more standard and less glittery reality.
The Faubourg series presents facades of Ile-de-France buildings from so-called sensitive areas. Beyond the somewhat sulphurous reputation of some of these neighborhoods, these buildings are shown here in a neutral way, disconnected from their environmental and social context.
Champs Élysées highlights the tourists coming out of their coaches and stopping briefly on the most beautiful Avenue of Paris only to take a picture of the Arc de Triomphe. Fascinated by this ritual, François decides to immortalize these curious visitors in the manner of a paparazzi: with flash and without shame.
The series Paris Syndrôme, like a comparative study, puts side by side the Paris that we all know and the city of Tianducheng, the largest replica in the world of Paris. She explores the funny and disturbing similarities between the city of light and her Chinese counterpart. This exhibition is held from June 7 to November 16, 2018 at SUPERETTE Film Production Gallery at 104 Rue du Faubourg Poissonière 75010 PARIS.