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A Photographic Fairy Tale

A Photographic Fairy Tale

Flying Houses by Laurent Chehere

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The series Flying Houses was inspired by the architecture of Paris, Chehere’s city, particularly that of the 19th and 20th arrondissements. But the original shots are just the starting point for Chehere’s imaginative meanderings. Keeping intact the signs of their grounded existence and those of their inhabitants, he elevates the buildings into the sky.

Run-down, decorated with pieces of street art, half-demolished, burning or simply showing their typically Parisian roofs and facades, these buildings populate a fairy tale where the urban social complexities are not eliminated but rather elevated as a symbol of the contemporary world at large.

Chehere’s Flying Houses are on show at Paris-Beijing Galerie in Paris until 4 December 2012.

Paris-Beijing Galerie.
54 Rue du Vertbois
75003 Paris

Images courtesy of the artist and Paris-Beijing.