Artist Julien Mauve chases a phantom island


We’ve long been a fan of Parisian visual artist Julien Mauve—just check out his otherworldly photos for “The Traveler is Present” in the current issue of Directions. As part of Art Paris 2019 this weekend, his photography series “L’île aux libellules” will be showcased at the Grand Palais. The prints are inspired by his interest in Hy-Brazil, a mythical phantom island that’s appeared in different locations on nautical charts since 1325.

Mauve says he found Hy-Brazil in Japan: “The 21 pictures in the series come from the Island of Dragonflies (Akitsu Shima), the name of which echoes nature’s powerful place in the Japanese imagination. On this island, humans seem to have suddenly disappeared. What remains are some sort of ruins, lost in the middle of abundant nature, which seems to retake its rights. Have these sites been definitely abandoned or just isolated from the rest of humanity?”

ART PARIS 2019 takes place at the Grand Palais (3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris) on April 4-7 from 11:30 am – 8:00 pm. 

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Friday, April 5th, 2019