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The photographer has carried out a photographic research on the territorial aspects of an island in the Maldives: Feridhoo, inhabited by just 200 Maldivians on 600000 square meters. The main aspect of the research is the observation and analysis of the elements that emerge from the reading of the characters of this island, one of the westernmost islands of the archipelago.

The island manifests an immediate empathy with the observer, the people gradually reveal themselves while maintaining a purely introverted nature towards a tourist/foreigner within their habitat. With this description Cédric Dasesson reads the urban space, built mostly of ephemeral architecture integrated with nature. The building materials are dead coral, dry sand and large palm trees that act at the same time as boundary walls, green volumes and umbrellas.

The main activity, for those who do not work on other islands in the resorts, is fishing, for young people it is motorcycling. The relationship with the water, with the sea, is of an opposite nature to the one established with the tourist. The bond with the sea derives from reasons of necessity and therefore assumes a productive, economic and social value.

The island seems like a surreal place left in a distant part of the world that we consider perfect only for the color of the sea and the palm trees, but the reality is different. It is magical at the same time, for this simple way of life and for the continuous exaltation of everyday life.

Cédric Dasesson

Cédric Dasesson

Fotografo, il cui approccio con la fotografia gli ha permesso di sviluppare un processo di investigazione sul territorio e sul paesaggio contemporaneo. Gli strumenti di analisi con cui lavora sono basati sull’individuazione e descrizione di un metodo che porta alla sintesi assoluta degli elementi. Il suo lavoro è la risposta di un processo in continua esplorazione del territorio, delle sue dinamiche antropiche e naturali. Dal 2016 al 2018 insegna fotografia di interni allo IED di Cagliari. Nel 2019 gli viene affidato l’incarico per la documentazione di 24 architetture contemporanee nel territorio italiano per la piattaforma “Atlante delle Architetture Contemporanee” indetto dal Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, dalla Triennale di Milano e dalla Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea e Rigenerazione Urbana (DGCCRU) del MiBACT.

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