paris: flying houses

© laurent chéhère

an artsy place with a highly personal vibe, hôtel jules & jim in the marais district is the obvious choice for those susceptible to anything creative. so, it's not surprising they go the extra yard to please hotel guests with appealing exhibitions. currently on at the hotel's gallery space is an exhibition set up in collab with galerie paris-beijing by french photographer laurent chéhère. entitled flying houses, the show presents a series of works which employ traditional photography and digital manipulation. depicted are various buildings, isolated from their urban context and allowing them to float in the sky, totally detached from gravity. the series is inspired by a poetic vision of a bygone paris, but also influenced by cult movies such as hayao miyazaki's howl's moving castle and le ballon rouge by albert lamorisse. chéhère scavenged the working class neighbourhoods of ménilmontant and belleville to trace the most interesting structures, be it an erotic cinema, a run down hotel or a non-descript home [on through sep 28]. location: hôtel jules & jim, 11 rue des gravilliers [marais].

© laurent chéhère