Sweet Waste

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Sweet Waste


Nov 16, 2019, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM GMT+7
TOOT YUNG ART CENTER, Toot Yung Art Center, Ki Lek, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai, Thailand


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.

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 artefacts, scholarly references, extreme close ups and sophisticated lighting.

For this retrospective show the Toot Yung Art Centre 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.

About Claude Estèbe

Claude Estèbe (b. 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 Louis Roederer Fellow 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 works regularly as an expert for Guimet museum of Asian Arts (MNAAG). His work is presented by the Toot Yung Art Center since 2011. He currently lives between South of France, Bangkok and Tokyo.

Drinks, food and music will be provided by the Toot Yung Art Center.  Free entry