Laurent Chéhère


Laurent Chéhère

Flying Houses 


The Flying Houses are inspired by a poor and cosmopolitan neighborhood of Paris where Chéhère lives. They poetically and subtly tell the story of a contemporary reality by revealing concerns of a class impoverished by society. The author isolates these buildings of their urban context and releases them from the street to the sky, to tell the stories, dreams and the hopes of these inhabitants. Technically, it’s a photomontage, hundreds of elements are photographed and assembled as a puzzle. From afar, houses look carefree. Closely, details reveal a more complex story.

Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki, Albert Robida, Moebius, Wim Wenders, Federico Fellini and William Klein, Chéhère questions diverse subjects, such as immigration, poverty, gypsies, cinema, architecture, politics, music, pop culture and history, and aims to tell a different story, against any preconceived ideas.


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