Where land turns into capital

Where land turns into capital is a body of work exploring socialist Laos in the midst of its undergoing transformation. In Laos, global markets are bringing drastic changes on the landscape and in people’s lifestyle. Fragments of the population are pushed out of the countryside and into the cities, where traditions leave space to modernity and urban challenges trigger social and economic inequalities. 

 

Going beyond the presumed objectivity of the conventional documentary language, Where land turns into capital combines documentary and poetic elements to conceive a paradigm of a private vision, intended to bring the viewer in the photographer’s personal space.

 

The project’s narrative unfolds in the outskirts, along highways, in strangers’ homes, along the Mekong, on a motorbike, inside Special Economic Zones, through the monsoon rain, in guesthouses, in monasteries, at the border, in the uplands, in the cities, in the plains, on the water, at construction sites, in karaoke bars, along Route 13, at district check posts, on no man’s land, at the edge of town, at sunrise, at sundown, in the darkness.