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Photo Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
SOLO EXHIBITION, at the photofestival, curated by Christian Caujolle
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Introduction by Institute Francais:

It’s a world fully created from photographs through a very long retouching process of images on a computer. As a digital painter, Ruud Van Empel invents a paradise inhabited by children, smooth characters, and “perfect” harmonic crowds. Color has become the substance of this imaginary universe, an essential reflection about the nature of what we look at and see. Whether this universe takes the form of a large leaf or an amazed face, it’s primarily a form of sensual brilliance, like after a strong tropical storm, a kind of experience that only exist through the eyes. It’s a universe without reality that is inside each one of us, or maybe a world that does not exist, but a world that is still there, terribly there and terribly beautiful. Too beautiful, maybe, because it does not exist…

Ruud van Empel has done something completely new, his work has been really innovative, that happens only once in a hundred years.