Capitalizer, 2012

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Thomas Brasey, Capitalizer, 2012

Until 1994, Akmola (literally, the “White Tomb”) was just an unassuming provincial city in Kazakhstan. That was before; now renamed Astana, it is a capital endowed with megalomaniacal architecture, a city of fantasy imagined and built from scratch by order of president Nazarbayev. Like a Las Vegas on the steppes, Astana is nothing less than an urban planning disaster. The artificiality of the design seems meant to sweep away all traces of a distant past: for the city must henceforth play the role of a great capital. And yet time seems suspended there, just like its inhabitants…

Bio

Thomas Brasey
(1980, Lausanne) vit et travaille à Lausanne.
Après une thèse de doctorat ès sciences chimiques à l’EPFL, il entreprend un Bachelor en communication visuelle (photographie) à l’Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, de 2007 à 2011. Depuis 2011, il travaille comme photographe indépendant et a notamment réalisé, pour le compte de l’enquête photographique valaisanne eq2, la série A crans.

www.thomasbrasey.com