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Hi Camille! How would you describe your work?
I started as a photographer. My work as a photographer is mainly still life and portrait. After maybe four or five years I started to do some
In the end, I would define my work as mixed media, based on photography. I want to stay in photography because I love taking photographs. But I love to experiment with what I can do with photography. I cannot stop at clicking and printing, that’s just the start.
Can you tell us more about the ‘Layers of Hong Kong’ exhibition?
The idea was to have a collection of small pieces in 3D photo collage. It’s all inspired by the city, from the native Hong Kong
[The exhibition] is very tactile. I like the fact that it gives back the materiality of the photograph. When I started photography, it was only paper with film – it was a physical object. But now, it’s more digital photography on a screen. And you can touch it to slide it but you cannot hold it. I like this side of my work, that it’s like an object again.
“The neon signs are my last works. I think I will make more in the future because I love it. I love the part where I have to go everywhere in Kowloon to look for them. It’s like an adventure.”
What draws you to the houses and buildings you choose?
Initially I’m very attracted to
Which artists or photographers do you take inspiration from?
There is one artist whose portrait I have in my studio, David Hockney. Because he’s like a god to me. I like the words he says about art. He’s a real inspiration, truly. He’s still like a kid when it comes to experimenting. That’s the inspiration for me — that Hockney can still find something new, even after all these years. That he still experiments and finds new ways of representing things.
“When I wander in Hong Kong, I wander always with a purpose. I prepare a map of places I want to go. Sometimes you have surprises, but most of the time, if I go to Cheung Chau for example, I will only look for the houses that I want to put in 3D.”
How do you like to style your home?
Our house is very much centered on music. My husband is passionate about jazz music especially. And our son plays music too, so we have a lot of instruments. We have the vinyl record player. And lots of
Where do you go for inspiration in Hong Kong?
First, I would say around Yau Ma Tei. I love Yau Ma Tei because in a pretty small area you have Temple Street and the Mido Cafe, you have the Broadway Cinematheque with the beautiful bookshop, and the fruit market is also beautiful. I also love Cheung Chau. You have the fisherman boats, you can hike, you can go to the beaches; and I love to look at the old houses there.
What’s next for you?
My next project is centered on Hong Kong cinema. When I first moved to
This is definitely my big project and I will be sad if I can’t achieve it before I go back to France. With this project, it will be bigger pieces. I would love to have someone to work with me, like a curator. Maybe we could have an exhibition with some videos playing, and other artists. Maybe we could make something great about Hong Kong cinema. I give myself one year to finish the series.
This interview with Camille Levert has been edited for clarity and length.
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