Artist: Samuel Cueto
Dimensions: 40 x 50 cm
Frame: black wooden frame with glass
Technique: silver photography
Edition: Edition of 20
Artwork signed by the artist and delivered with the 193 Gallery certificate.
The artwork also exists in format:
- 80 x 120 cm, edition of 5, 3000 €
- 120 x 180 cm, edition of 5, 5000 €
ABOUT THE ARTWORK AND THE ARTIST
Samuel Cueto is Thailand lover. He went there six times between 2014 and 2016 to take his series of photographs which gave rise to his first major exhibition “City of Smiles” at Galerie Argentic. His work was also represented at the Rencontres Photographiques d'Arles in 2016 and then at the 193 Gallery in 2018 and 2019.
Mainly taken in the suburbs of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, these photos are far from the postcard landscapes: local gangs, traffickers of all kinds, prostitutes, live in another reality, yet a few minutes from paradise beaches. The photographer pays tribute to these marginalized people, their fragility, their humanity. These photographs taken in Thailand are those which touch a greater number of visitors and collectors.
Street portrait artist, Samuel Cueto has focused his work on the neglected, the invisible who live far from city centers. Originally from the working-class neighborhoods of this “forgotten” France, the photographer logically pays homage to his fellow creatures, of whom no one seems to care anymore.
Samuel Cueto also talks to us about him through portraits he takes of people with apparently chaotic journeys: damaged but authentic beings, who exert a magnetic beauty on the spectator. While many photographers have tried to capture the world of ghettos and suburbs without succeeding in going beyond the exoticism of safari photography, Samuel Cueto is not afraid of getting his hands dirty and showing the dirty and grimy backside Of our society. The photographer crystallizes with his camera our most current issues: acceptance of others in their differences, their experiences, and their origins.
Samuel Cueto - Mum (Thailand)
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