Paradise Now, no. 2, 2009, Archival inkjet prints, 60 x 76 cm / C-print, 126 x 158 cm,
© the artist, courtesy L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt
Paradise Now, no. 18, 2009, Archival inkjet print, 60 x 76 cm /C-print, 126 x 158 cm,
© the artist, courtesy L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt
Paradise Now, no. 22, 2009, Archival inkjet print, 60 x 76 cm/C-print, 126 x 158 cm,
© the artist, courtesy L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt

Peter BialobrezskiParadise now

 

Paradise Now presents fragments of nature –some of them mise en scène, others untouched by urban growth – on the periphery of the artificially illuminated infrastructure of large Asian cities. Unlike natural light, the lights of the big city do not follow any direction: the artificial suns comprised of sodium lamps, automobile headlights and illuminated skyscrapers form a kind of ‘vernacular light’ that makes the urban super-green alternate between the hyperreal and the surreal. Taken between October 2007 and March 2008 in Hanoi, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, these photos remind us how attractive decadence and senselessness can be, in a context of predicted climatic catastrophe.

Peter Bialobrzeski