Wondering where truth ends and fiction begins

Both super heroes and worker ants with impressive loads of tires, water containers, chairs, flowers…

Are these images real or trompe l’oeils? Created from thousands of photos taken during French artist Alain Delorme’s two artistic residencies in Shanghai, the title of his project, Totems, is ambiguous. Yes, these towering stacks of objects teeter totem-like and perilously, but Delorme is also asking us to consider them as emblems of a society. Using Photoshop to exaggerate the colours and the huge loads porters carry through the city, Delorme presents a sort of augmented reality of Shanghai’s paradoxes, with the stacks signifying the city’s skyward expansion.

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