Esther Woerdehoff Gallery in Paris is pleased to present Loan Nguyen most recent work, Weather and Natural Phenomena, currently on view until April 30th. In this exhibition of new work, the Swiss artist addresses concerns regarding climate change. According to the artist, “It becomes increasingly difficult not to be troubled by the problems in our environment. Everyday the media bring us a new fact: glaciers are melting, deserts are advancing, water is running out, and each day, one cannot help but wonder if the world will survive this crisis, even if we are able to reverse these impairments. We live in a constant state of anxiety, thinking that the world will disappear because we didn’t take care of it; an anxiety increased by disaster movies that offer scenarios where the ice age is reappearing, where giant tsunamis flood our cities. It’s my own fear associated with these problems that led me to begin this new project. My frustration with these global challenges made me want to become, with each photograph, a sort of little god, able to influence the surrounding world. In the images I already made, I created snow and hailwhere there is none. With a watering can, I ride the tide. Of course my attempts are doomed to failure, but it remains a photographic record, a series of images in which I am poetic and playful, but also muted, expressing my anguish, my sense of loneliness and failure to address environmental problems.”
In Weather and Natural Phenomena, we can define a style that Loan Nguyen has had over the years that began with the series Mobile (2000 – 2009, ongoing): a staged scenario, the presence of the tiny figure of the artist and gestures, often simple and delicate, which define a link between the artist and the environment. Human intervention is minimal: a shadow on the wall, looking at an object, a particular posture. The message is actually placed on the surprise and wonder deal with things, which are made part yet.
Images and text provided by Galerie Esther Woerdehoff