Davide Weber’s exhibition Parfum de Paris at the Spéos Gallery – 7 rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris, from February 16 to April 1, 2016.
Parfum de Paris – Alice’s Nihilism
While reading “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There” by Lewis Carroll, Davide Weber found new inspiration in the transparency of the waste bin plastic bags randomly placed on the city streets.
Installed for security reasons in Paris since 2002, they make visible the “refused world”, a sort of mirror of the society itself: its consumption, waste and left apart desires.
The bag has an ambivalent function as a point of contact and impassable barrier between the two worlds, each one a reflection of the other. The world “beyond” the mirror, concise and accurate representation of what was “living”, is full of stories that fade into the objects there represented.
In their beauty denied, deprived of their purpose when they were thrown, softened by the light in the folds of the bag or by the game of its inner geometric forms, it’s the city itself that is reflected. In a bag that contains objects that are worth nothing, human life itself can be perceived, continually ground and renewed.
Born in Venice in 1983, Davide Weber is a free-lance photographer living in Paris. After a Ph.D in Economics, he came to France and graduated with a master in Photojournalism at Spéos in 2012. While mixing travel photography and research, he staged many series over Paris, in order to better understand the city he is living in. He is actually represented by IKONA Gallery, Venice.