This is the story of something slowly disappearing, into sand and time, the end of a world, a journey through post-Soviet Central Asia and the Chinese Xinjiang region.
I had read Djamila by the Kirghiz poet Chingiz Aitmatov and I was dreaming about the kolkhozes lost in the steppes and their peoples, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Kirghiz, Karakalpaks, etc. From 2002 to 2005, I was able to travel to the Aral region in Kazakhstan, to Uzbekistan, to Xinjiang and to the banks of the Issyk-Koul in Kyrgyzstan. “Loulan beauty” shows these men from the middle of the worlds, heirs to kingdoms which have been swallowed up, fishermen with no sea, children who dance to bring back their parents who have gone far away to work, Lola who dreams of America, men who listen to the sands singing, and girls with a thousand plaits, the same as those found on Loulan, their four thousand year-old ancestor.
This exhibition is made up of 29 colour prints: 50 x 60 cm (27) - 80 x 100 cm (2). There is a book to go with it.