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                              >>Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair 17-20 May 2018 booth F16<<

Whilst discovering Hong Kong through the arts, my artistic approach has been strongly influenced by the 3D photocollage technic that I learnt with a local visual arts teacher. I fully adopted this meticulous medium that I like to combine with other tactile technic like embroidery on photography, and started three series of collages showing Hong Kong: the cinemas, the flora and the Cheung Chau island houses.
I like the way it makes the impact on the viewer more tangible. How the deployed and layered image enables a more "physical" experience between the viewer and the picture.
I work on three different types of 3D photocollage: the 3D; the joiner (like a David Hockney's joiner put in 3D collage); and the tunnel type. The tunnel 3D photocollage can be fold and unfold like an accordion, to play with perspectives and put a distance between the different layers that make the full image.

"To-Day Next change", a 3D photocollage art project dedicated to the HK movie theatres

In early 2017, I started to develop a deep interest for the Hong Kong cinema history and culture, through the work of local artists such as illustrator Rex Koo, through the movies, and finally, through the cinema theatres. When I discovered the endangered existence of the State Theatre on King's Road, the singular beauty of this building, no longer showing movies but still beautifully surviving the hustle and bustle, I decided to start a series dedicated to the Hong Kong movie theatres.
Like an ode to some places that might disappear in the coming decade, and to a flamboyant period (70's, 80's and mid 90's) when Hong Kong was the third cinema milestone (after Hollywood and Bollywood), I gather a collection of 3D photocollages.
Based on today's photographs, the theatres are completed with elements of the past (movie posters, street elements, people...), and references of some of the most iconic Hong Kong movies. The final reading of the multi layered and detailed artwork is confused by this mix of time periods and genre. Is this now or then? Is this real or not?
A ghostly young woman in white, dressed like in the 60's, is wandering, visiting all the theatres, and inviting the viewer to give a closer look, before leaving towards the left side of the frame, to the past, where she belongs.

Indeed, studying Hong Kong culture through its architecture and cinema, inevitably leads to some mysterious yet very popular ghosts stories. Hong Kong people strongly believe in ghosts and many movies are inspired by this popular belief. Working on that "To-Day Next change" project, I discovered that some theatres have not been demolished nor restored or turned into malls and churches, and there is no chance that they will be one day. In fact, they are "saved" for the only reason that they are supposedly haunted by ghosts who provoked some unexplained events, like fire or other dramatic accident, like the Lung Wah theatre for example. Nobody, no promoter, no matter how big the budget is, will take the risk to wake up the ghost’s fury by touching the haunted walls. 
And just like this, some parts of the old Hong Kong cinema heritage are preserved.
 
The title of this work, "To-Day Next change" is directly inspired by the cinemas billboards of that time. Above or under the poster, these simple words indicated the current and upcoming program. This series is my current long-term project.




The Lung Wah Theatre
Chung On Street, Hong Kong
1/1
Frame dimensions L64xH47xD13cm 7 kilos

(photography, 3D photocollage, collage & embroidery by Camille Levert)


























3D photocollage

3D "joiner"
(David Hockney style)

Tunnel photocollage




































































The State Theatre, King's Road, Hong Kong 1/1
(photography, 3D photocollage, collage & embroidery by Camille Levert)
Frame dimensions L64,5xH47xD10 Weight 6 kilos



Plants #1 (sold)
Edition of 1 only - 2017, HK
Macau Shoe shop (sold)
Edition of 1 only - 2017, HK


Cheung Chau House #1
Edition of 1 only - 2017, HK


Tramway
Collection of the artist - 2016, HK













Sunbeam Theatre, King's road, Hong Kong 1/1
(photography, 3D photocollage, collage & embroidery by Camille Levert)
Frame dimensions L71xH53xD12 Weight 8 kilos



Cactus (sold)
Edition of 1 only - 2017, HK
The photographer shop window (sold)
Edition of 1 only - 2017, HK




















Cheung Chau Theatre, Cheung Chau Island, HK 1/1  Collection of the artist
(photography webs-of-significance.blogspot.hk, 3D photocollage & collage by Camille Levert)


Hong Kong Flora #1
Edition of 1 only - 2018, HK
Frame dimensions L40xH40xD8,5cm
Happy Valley (sold)
Edition of 1 only - 2016, HK


Cheung Chau House #2
Edition of 1 only - 2017, HK
Frame dimensions L51xH51xD12cm

















The Shaw House, Hong Kong 1/1  Collection of the artist
(photography David Vivier pour HKCinemagic, 3D photocollage & collage by Camille Levert)


Hong Kong Flora #2
Edition of 1 only - 2018, HK
Frame dimensions L50xH50xD6cm

Wet market (sold)
Edition of 1 only - 2017, HK


Stanley hut (sold)
Edition of 1 only - 2017, HK


The Bake House breads (commissioned)
Edition of 1 only - 2018, HK














Tony & Maggie (sold)
Edition of 1 only - 2017, HK



Thai grocery shop
Collection of the artist - 2016, HK


Causewaybay (sold)
Edition of 1 only - 2016, HK











































Hong Kong





















































































Now and Then (detail)
Private collection - 2016, HK



























Flowerskirts
















all photographs © Camille Levert 2005/2016