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Pierre Alivon/苏善书 is French and photographer, sculptor and art curator in Beijing. Pierre makes a new adventure of each exhibition that transports you into asserted universes, while establishing a bridge between his / our French sensibility and contemporary Chinese culture. For more than 5 years, his curious eye and his taste for novelty have led him search for young Chinese artists who are now exposed by others in the profession. For his selections, he will first privilege the strength, the character, the affirmation of a point of view in the work and the encounter with the artist: he always visits the studios at the source of the artistic energy because what animates him above all is the raw reality. His energy, his resourcefulness and his relational ease make him a privileged interlocutor of the artists who see him as a professional, an accompanist and a friend. The staging of works in the exhibition space is then a game of balance and shock to create a pleasant emotion or not. Who knows, as long as there is a plot!

Pierre ALIVON est un artiste photographe dont les thèmes de prédilection sont l’urbain, le monde, les gens. Il traque dans le monde entier la photographie qui va le mieux exprimer l’atmosphère du temps présent et l’authenticité des gens. Avec empathie et discrétion, il arrive à se fondre dans son environnement et repère les détails d’une scène qui feront voyager le lecteur et retiendront l’attention. Avec cette approche particulière, Pierre Alivon a su créer un témoignage photographique des modes de vie à travers le monde. Jusqu’à ce jour il a traversé pas moins d’une soixante de pays (Bhoutan, Colombie, Syrie, Jordanie, Iran, Russie, Birmanie, Japon, Chine, Afrique du Sud,…).

Pierre Alivon has a passion for urban life and practices in the world. Through his work he has established a testimony of current LifeStyle in more than fifty countries. His photographs are not pictures of main sites or heritage areas, but these are photographs that make discover the reality in each country: atmosphere, feelings, peculiarities, movements, animation, works, transportation,… The reader is immersed into the country and has the feeling to participate to the journey. These photographs are also a testimony of our real life in the world in the current years (2000 to nowadays). Recurring themes are: youth, old age, hairdressers, taxi drivers, beaches, urban transport, street works, crowds, markets, urban architecture, graphic design.

"Dans ce témoignage, je propose ainsi ma vision de notre monde contemporain, en privilégiant des scènes urbaines et des moments qui résonnent dans ma mémoire"

At first glance, there is the unity of a black and white aesthetic, faces and glances captured in their daily lives and their city. By focusing on each of the images, we always note the diversity of situations and crossed continents. To form this series, "a traveler Memory", the photographer Pierre Alivon has selected more than 200 images captured in over 50 different countries. Life moments captured without telephoto, reinforcing the proximity and humanism of the layered look.