The capital of antimony
Oil painting series,
Does science fiction promise us a future or a past?
What do we see in Nicolas Moulin’s concrete Paris, or in Alain Bulex’s quarter of Corbusier? A possibility of the future? A vision of what happened in The Man in the High Castle of Philip. K. Dick?
There’s a joke about George Orwell: “What will George say if he’s still alive today? – Shit! My 1984 is a science fiction, not a manual!” This imaginary dialogue makes people think of some communist centuries in the world. Actually, “an other possible China” does not exist, until now, in the modern Chinese cultural system.
My hometown has an alias: the city of antimony. That’s because we own 60 percent of antimony around the world. With this background, I have a chance to invent a history by rewriting and modifying the official texts of the city, along with creating and making up pictorial proofs. All these ancient photos, recreated, represent a different past in which the city has developed with the appearing of gigantic buildings and monstrous equipments. Fake stories are told in the official exhibition where displays the paintings commissioned from the municipal. Therefore, with the process of modification, we are sinking into an abysmal history.
In any case, 1984 by George Orwell and Brave new world by Huxley did not promise us a possible future. Yet, they showed us another past that could engender the present.