United Land: Photos by Francois Ronsiaux
A photography project that explores the loss of habitat due to a catastrophic event such as the polar ice melting, burying everything underwater. For the first time, man is faced with the possibility that life on earth could suddenly end resulting in an acceleration of lifestyles and the construction of urgent and short-term projects.
United Land represents an instant of time where activity and movement are halted and human effort is subjected to contemplation thanks to utopic underwater landscapes that are definitively unaffected by outside influences with the exception of marine erosion. Symbolising man’s loss of control of the environment, water becomes a regulating vector replacing man’s habitat following a hypothetical ice thaw. Through this immersion the idea of belonging to a political and human territory loses all meaning and becomes an abstract. The different exposures taken all over the world are identifiable but in United Land only the longitude/latitude coordinates are recognised – the photographs do not belong to any geopolitical identity.On view at Galerie Olivier Waltman Jan. 15 – Feb. 22.