Hamid Maghraoui


Born in Nîmes (France), where he lives and works


23 tonnes, 2016

In the video artwork 23 tonnes, Hamid Maghraoui offers a novel perspective on the city of Avignon. The panoramic shot that forms the piece was done using a GoPro camera, fitted directly in the hollow of the counter-jib of a building-site tower crane. The cityscape is revealed by the crane’s slow movements, and the constantly changing image gradually shows itself. The brute foreground presence of the counter-jib’s concrete and rusty metal contrasts with the distant wooded landscape. The crane’s toing-and-froing, slow but sure, reflects the urbanisation of the contemporary age, which little by little is making ground and taking over what is left of nature in the urban landscape.

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