Fluorescent People

 

The inhabitants of a Lisu village, a Northern Thailand hilltribe, are confronted with strange installations of colourful mass consumption products. Pink balls, jelly pots or pvc pipes – materials of a fast changing lifestyle - design an outer space in which they pose in their brightlly coloured clothing. A critical rereading of ethnical photography, these clichés intent to deconstruct how the genre assigns minorities to a timeless past, a mental frame akin to a reservation.

The Fluorescent People is the product of 3 years of contacts and one month of solitary immersion in the village of Ban Sam Kula. Hybrid, the project associates staged photographs with pieces accounting for my interventions during the 2010 Lisu New year: a performance, neon installations, and mutant clothing creations.