There is a popular Internet meme that did the rounds until a month ago. It says that if we were to scale down the Earth’s existence of 4.6 billion years to 46 years, the time that humans would have spent on the planet would stand at only four hours. The industrial revolution would have begun only a minute ago, and that is all it took to reduce the Earth’s green cover by 50 percent.
The accuracy of the statistic cannot be verified, but given the way we have been progressing it’s believable. Jeremie Lenoir gathered photographs that makes the scary meme a tad more frightening. The photographs that form Lenoir’s exhibition are from several industrial projects that started between 2011 and 2014 in different parts of France. This project, titled Borders, studies the boundaries that separate urban and rural landscapes, or rather, how they are now merging. “As the product of political and economic processes, the contemporary landscape has evolved today to disappear into its own constraints,” Lenoir says in his artist statement.
This edition of the Delhi Photo Festival will see collaborations between artists and exhibits. The installation for Borders will be designed by contemporary Indian artist Vivan Sundaram.
French photographer Jeremie Lenoir has won numerous awards and accolades such as the Nikon France Selection and the World Photography Organization’s Committed Works in 2010. His work has been exhibited in a number of group and solo shows globally.
Borders is part of the exhibitions line-up for this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival starting on October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.