La Cité Idéale focuses on the surroundings of Disneyland Paris, where the colossal and globally recognised entertainment industry turned itself to urban planning and construction. Paris-based Victor Micoud (b. 1987) captures the essence of this surreal neighbourhood with visual complexity – the world begins to disintegrate through its details. Interested in photography as a tool to investigate the world around us, Micoud shatters the illusion of perfection and organised domesticity, capturing the moments when chimneys shed black smoke over pristine brickwork and CCTV cameras allude to a feeling of disquiet amongst empty streets. The viewer begins to question: who has lived here? Why has it been left? And why the need for heightened security in such an enclosed town? The intriguing selection of photographs offer aesthetically and conceptually rich compositions in which an augmented fantasy has caught up with reality. www.victormicoud.com.
Facets of Reality
Wolfgang Tillmans: Societal Discourse
As far as timely exhibitions go, Wolfgang Tillmans’ current exhibition at Tate Modern, London, is charged with the heartbeat of today’s news.
Dusseldorf Photography: Bernd & Hilla Becher, Ben Brown Fine Arts
Bernd and Hilla Becher are best known for their heavy-contrast photographs featuring formalist architecture beneath overcast skies, having championed the German ‘New Objectivity’ style.