Ahmedabad no life last night, 2005, tirage Lambda, 80 x 100 cm,
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Ahmedabad no life last night, 2005, tirage Lambda, 80 x 100 cm,
© the artist
Ahmedabad no life last night, 2005, tirage Lambda, 80 x 100 cm,
© the artist
Ahmedabad no life last night, 2005, tirage Lambda, 80 x 100 cm,
© the artist
Ahmedabad no life last night, 2005, tirage Lambda, 80 x 100 cm,
© the artist
Ahmedabad no life last night, 2005, tirage Lambda, 80 x 100 cm,
© the artist

Frédéric DelangleAhmedabad no life last night

 

Too crowded, too much traffic, too much pollution, too much of everything: how did the Indian people invent the zero? Perhaps because the notion of zero also suggests the notion of infinity. The multitude, excess and profusion define Ahmedabad. For the first time, I entered a city like entering a scene – a curious atmosphere where modernity has not completely erased the past. I travelled through the labyrinth as if through a history book, a journey through time where epochs overlap and intertwine. But during the night, I could really go back in time, when the chaos of modernity stopped. I explored the bowels and the skeleton of the deserted city . . . This series was done in an extremely slow process of realisation in stifling heat, with temperatures that reached 40 °C at night. The photographs show a privileged moment of serenity in Ahmedabad, where the modern world provides few hours off before starting another day of madness.

Frédéric Delangle