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“Sweet Waste”, retrospective by Claude Estèbe at Toot Yung Art Center, Chiang Mai

November 16, 2019 - January 26, 2020

Since his debut show “Tukata, post-industrial Venus” in 2011 in Bangkok, the Toot Yung Art Center has been the proud representative of the unique works of french photographer Claude Estèbe.

Claude Estèbe (born in 1959) is a French contemporary art photographer, scholar in Japanese visual culture (CEJ-Inalco), and expert in ancient photography. He was a fellow artist at French Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto (2001) and a fellow at Louis Roederer Foundation for Photography at the French National Library (2007). He published The Last Samurais and Yokohama Shashin. From 2013 to 2018, he was one of the curators of the Kyotographie International photography festival. He also regularly works as an expert for Guimet Museum of Asian Arts. He currently lives between South of France, Bangkok and Tokyo.

Estèbe’s acute vision of our contemporary societies has continuously shaken the Bangkok and international art scene. His signature photographs are a subtle mix of kawaii and fierce social critique, mixing mass-produced cheap artifacts, scholarly references, extreme close-ups and sophisticated lighting.

For this retrospective show, the Toot Yung Art Center will present highlights of his past exhibitions including works from “Radium Girls”, “Agent Orange”, “Pachimon” or “H dolls” as well as new works engaging with global warming themes.

On this occasion, a complete catalogue of Claude Estèbe’s career will be launched, with more than one hundred works reproduced on high-quality paper. The book, edited by Myrtille Tibayrenc, includes essays by eminent scholars like Michel Poivert, historian of photography at the Sorbonne, critic and curator or Agnès Giard, anthropologist, writer and journalist, specialized in issues of sexuality and Japanese subculture.

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November 16, 2019
January 26
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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