Artist : Christophe LOVINY

 

Christophe LOVINY

 

For more than thirty years, Christophe Loviny has documented the human condition with passion, empathy, and dignity. In pursuit of his passion for capturing images of social importance, he has travelled in search of the stories that will be a testament to the depth of human will and compassion, of hope, and of an informed collective consciousness. »

The Asahi Shimbun

Christophe Loviny is a globetrotting photographer who has travelled the world for thirty-five years. In the late 80s, he moved to Cambodia. Rather than documenting the horrors of war, he worked to capture the signs of a cultural renaissance. Settled in a village in the heart of the ancient city of Angkor, he was able to breathe life into apsaras. These celestial dancers are the traditional intermediaries between the gods, the king and the people. From stone statues to the sublime ballerinas of today’s Cambodian Royal Ballet, sacred dance is the key needed to understand the culture and the soul of this country.

The art of sacred dance in the Kingdom of Cambodia survived not only the collapse of Angkor in the 15th century but also rose from the ashes of the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge. 


 

 

 Under the direction of HRH Princess Norodom Bhuppa Devi, the eldest sister of King Norodom Sihamoni, the Royal Ballet has recovered its past splendour.

 This exhibit  also includes watercolours from 1906 by the famous French artist Auguste Rodin which were published in Loviny’s book “The Apsaras of Angkor” (Seuil/Jazz Editions). Bearing in mind that the answers to Cambodian identity should be available to its youth, Christophe Loviny decided to publish a Khmer version of this book, to be distributed in Cambodia not only for the benefit of scholastic and cultural institutions, but also for the general public.

Christopher Loviny’ s work appeared in numerous books, exhibitions and international magazines such as GEO, Le Figaro Magazine, ELLE, Asiaweek or The Sunday Times Magazine. History buff, he also likes to go back on the trail of exceptional destinies such as Che Guevara, Napoleon or JFK on which he has published photobiographies. He now devotes much of his time passing on his knowledge to a new generation of photographers. He created the Angkor Photo Festival and is the artistic director of the Yangon Photo Festival.

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