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In April 2016, I attended a 2 weeks workshop run by visual arts teacher and artist Alexis Ip (Hong Kong), to learn how to make a "fotomo", a 3D photocollage. This technic and its unique aspect inspires me a lot. I started a series of collages showing the city where I live now, Hong Kong. It inspired me also to go further in the research on how to make the image impact on the viewer more tangible, to enable a more "physical" experience between the viewer and the picture.
I would range my 3D photocollage works in three categories: the 3D style; the joiner style (like a David Hockney's joiner put in 3D collage); and the tunnel style. 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.
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.

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

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

Cheung Chau Theatre, Cheung Chau Island, HK 1/1  Collection of the artist
(photography YTSL, 3D photocollage & collage by Camille Levert)

Hong Kong


all photographs © Camille Levert 2005/2016