The Image of the Silk Road - Tianshui Photography Biennale

ENSEMBLE 集合

Laurence Chellali

Photos realized from September, 2015 till March, 2016 in the stadium of a middle school in China, at Nanjing. Once a week, the pupils are gathered to make the levying of the flag. All other days, the professors gather them to realize group “choreography” which they repeat indefatigably during the year. Sometimes, they use red, blue or yellow fans which they open and close according to a very precise rhythm and in agreement with the broadcast music. Sometimes, they also sing.
These daily gatherings last only a few minutes, at the most a quarter of an hour from entering time to return then in the classroom.
The rest of the time, they are gathered in small committees to learn and repeat the parts of the choreography which are assigned to them.
Once a year, servicemen come “to pull” these young children to walk in a group and in rhythm. Beyond the effect of mass and uniformity which we can feel by looking at these scenes in their global nature, we realize by looking closer and in detail that these children, taken individually, are as all the children of the world: lively, turbulent, sometimes obedient, sometimes undisciplined, attentive or not, serious, exuberant, cheerful persons, players.
And that as all the children of the world, they are raised and educated to be at one with the society with which they will identified once adults.
They are the individual elements of a group which will make the China of tomorrow.

Dimanche, 2016, juin 12