Alain Willaume
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  • Echoes of Dust and Fracturing (South Africa, 2012)
    As part of the Transition, Social Landscape project, Alain Willaume was invited to consider the implications of an impending programme of fracking by the Shell Company in the semi-arid Karoo area of South Africa. In response to an uncertain future he has conjured an evanescent metaphor for a haunted territory and for the suspicions and fears of the inhabitants he met randomly on the dirt roads. The pictures – whose rich mid-tones are, consciously, neither black or white – suggest the environmental threat of this burning issue, but in doing so they also preserve the infinite grace of this landscape, the fate of which is now held in abeyance.
    Translated by David Chandler

    This series has been commissioned and exhibited in partnership with Market Photo Workshop (Johannesburg) and Rencontres d’Arles (France).
    Other exhibitions include Paris Photo 2016, Fondation Cartier 2017.
    See the book (Xavier Barral, 2013)