Camille Holtz | Paradiso

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“Les Olympiades” is a set of towers build in the early 70s over the roads level in the center of the 13th district of Paris. The buildings are names after the towns who welcomed the Olympic games : Sapporo, Mexico and Athens for the private flats, London, Antwerp and Grenoble for the public housing.

This architectural project assembles Pagodas with a roof in a circumflex accent which gives an Asiatic aspect to the slab, a big  metallic sculpture in the shape of a disc which has the aspect of a futurist totem, and thousands of geometrical windows creating a relatively hermetic pattern hiding the individuality of the inhabitants. This avant-gardist urban set is nowadays an aging space of concrete far from the idyllic images of the exotics countries as Japan, Mexico and Grece.

Paradiso is “Les Olympiades” inside view, filtered by the singularity of the different flats. My approach is simple: ringing with the pretext of taking photos from windows and taking the occasion to catch certain details of the flats (representation of maritime landscape, true and false plants on a background  of a patterned and colored wallpaper). I only have a few minutes to take photos of theses exotics scenes because people are on their guard. Time  being a constraint makes it a challenge, you have to be quick and have a good eye.

I have noticed that each inhabitants of the towers, has created his or her world.
Each apartment is a travel to a fantasized world. As if it was necessity to for-fill the absence of cheerfulness and nature of the exterior slab. Or even, to take ownership the modernist architectural promise (not completely kept) of a ambitious set making reference to an antique, sportive and top of the range imagery.

Texte traduit par: Wladimir du Manoir



Camille Holtz is a French  movie maker and photograph of 25 graduated of “l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs” of Paris. Her film “L’inutile” has obtain the honors in June 2014. She makes intimist portraits on a long term bases, in immersion with the persons and his or her environments, staging observed situations, heard or imagined dialogues.