Yann Gross - The Jungle Book
Yann Gross is the winner of the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2015. Today his series “The Jungle Book” is exhibited in the Magasin Eléctrique, Arles.
When the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana set out on his search for cinnamon in 1541, he could not have known that his travels would take him down the winding bends of the world’s longest river: the Amazon. Long a witness to evangelisation campaigns, road-building projects and rubber, oil and gold rushes, the area has always aroused greed, competition and fascination. Following in the footsteps of past expeditions, this travel diary’s discreetly staged scenes help to reveal various facets of contemporary Amazonia and the surrounding areas. Working with different local communities allowed me to explore the forest’s complex interactions and mysteries. Once immersed in this domesticated world, you soon forget romantic clichés about forgotten lands and noble savages. More broadly, this visual roaming challenges the idea of progress and development.
17,0 x 22,5 cm