Yves Gellie’s Tableaux Chinois always combine a theatrical dimension with the most common ordinarity of a Chinese society which is undergoing massive changes. The working class’ appalling life contrasts with the lavish parties of Beijing nouveaux riches, and strongly militant wall paintings with the omni-presence of a matter, the fluorescent plastic, in most photographies… »
He invents what could be called a « visual reportage », devoid of all advent or acme. With no emotion or subjectivity, he tries to reproduce the banality of daily life for a Chinese,which is often seen as impenetrable exotism by a westerner. »
Yves Gellie was born in Bordeaux, France, on September 16th, 1953.
After medical studies at the University of Bordeaux, he practiced tropical medecine in Gabon for two years.
He began his career in photo-journalism with a feature about cocaine production in Colombia, followed by a story about war refugees in Ogaden, Somalia.
His work being between Documentary and Contemporary Art, he has developed a style described as an iconographic selection of the reality underlying the day-to-day life and its trivial aspects.
He undertakes a major project on world of major scientific research laboratories dedicated to the development of humanoid robots.
Rituel de Chasse, Paris Photo, Gallery baudoin lebon, Grand Palais, november 2012
Superhuman, The Welcome Collection, London, july-october 2012
Human+, Art and Science gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, april 2011 à juin 2011
Fuck up, fables and fiacos, gallery Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany, june 2010
Distinct Perception, Dubaï Art Fair, Bastakya, march 2010
Human Version 2.0, Art Paris, Grand Palais, gallery baudoin lebon Paris, France, march 2010
Distinct Perception, Gallery baudoin lebon, Paris, France, november 2009
Tableaux Chinois, Biennale photographique, Moscow, mars et april 2008
Tableaux Chinois, Gallery baudouin lebon, Paris, France, february 2008
Tableaux Chinois, Festival of Carquefou, France, november 2007
Tableaux Chinois, Festival of Pingyao, China, september 2007
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