Stefano Cerio: Chinese Fun

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Deceptive images of fun and laughter, projections of happiness: Chinese amusement parks

Stefano Cerio (*1962) directs his attention to alternative worlds: for his elaborate series he takes pictures of recreational paradises—ski arenas, cruises, water and fun parks. For the artist, Italian street altars even count among these colorful illusory worlds that people create for the purpose of escaping from everyday life. Yet in his cool photographs Cerio without exception exposes the fun rides and the adventure pools in the off-season and therefore devoid of visitors; the ruptures, the bleakness, and the senselessness that become visible behind the amusing façades. For Chinese Fun, the photographer visited a whole range of recreational parks, water landscapes, and sports grounds in Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Hong Kong. His centrally organized compositions are made with a plate camera and document selected absurd arrangements—from a concrete fruit basket as large as a house to the looped tracks of an enormous roller coaster in the interior courtyard of an office complex.

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Extra informatie

title

Chinese Fun

photographer

Stefano Cerio

text

Nadine Barth, Walter Guadagnini

design

Grafikanstalt, Hamburg

publisher

Hatje Cantz

ISBN

9783775739696

year

2015

binding

hardback

size

24.5 x 30.8 cm

pages

128

illustrations

54

language

english, german, italian

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