Architectural structures of Astana inspired the famous French photographer Jean-Francois Rauzier. The artist of digital technologies dedicated to the Kazakh capital nearly 30 works and presented them at the exhibition in the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. The photos depict such buildings and structures as Astana Opera Theater, Khan Shatyr shopping and entertainment center, Astana-Arena stadium and Khazret Sultan Mosque. Rauzier’s original style consists of the ability to skillfully apply images to each other, duplicate and even twist with conventional graphics programs. The artist creates digital puzzles, sometimes achieving a kaleidoscope effect. But most importantly, he breaks all the traditional ideas about architecture.

JEAN-FRANCOIS RAUZIER, PHOTOGRAPHER:

I looked at Google how is Astana library, and then I saw the building I say that is fabulous, and I looked at Astana, there were a lot of programs, a lot of buildings. I said oh, absolutely I have to come to Astana. I can say perhaps the first I discovered was Astana Library. But I love also Piramida. There are two mosques and the Islamic center and they are interesting, because they are not futuristic buildings, they are very classic but very pure.

The photographer visited Astana in May last year. On the basis of the real facilities, he managed to build an entirely new city of the future. As Rauzier says, in his works he tried to elevate facilities and fill them with special, mystical sense. Such an unusual vision of quite familiar buildings raised a pleasant surprise among Astana residents and the guests.

LAMYNE M., ARTIST, STYLIST, FRANCE:

Rauzier is very important for me, he is inspiring me. I’m here just to see it and enjoy his works. So, I really love this country, I love Kazakhstan, there are a lot of opportunities to do art and to meet people from art and culture. This is the first, this talking about mosque. It is really important for me. And this one in my back I really love it. So it is the most important for me.

AYMAN NURTAY, VISITOR:

The process of production is so labor intensive. Everything is done in urbanization style. I can say only one thing - it is masterpiece.

Jean-Francois Rauzier has been involved in the photography art for 14 years. He has developed a unique style of hyper photo in the early 2000s. One photo can consists of 100 to 1,000 images. Today, the works of Rauzier are stored in the Palace of Fine Arts of Lille, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and many private collections across the world. The postmodernist artist was inspired by the cities such as Versailles, Istanbul, Barcelona and Baku. According to Rauzier, in the future, he plans to discover the amenities of Almaty. In addition to the architecture, the photographer is interested in Almaty landscapes. Therefore, it is possible that ideas emerged during the trip will form the basis of a new exhibition about Almaty.

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