How was your Dream? is a documentary photography project made in Hong Kong during the protests between June and October 2019. Thaddé Comar explores these new forms of demonstration and insurrection in an era dominated by societies under constant control. The title refers to the allegorical phrase that the protesters used to share their experiences during the protests and to avoid being discovered.
Using new codes that go beyond traditional photojournalism, Comar has documented the uprising and resistance of the Hong Kong democratic movement during the political transformation of the former English colony. Faced with the sophisticated deployment of governmental control, which includes facial recognition systems, geolocation, eavesdropping, infiltrations, water cannon, tear gas, helicopters and sonic weapons, the protesters developed a repertoire of invisibility and untraceability techniques that included lasers, masks, drones and encrypted communication. These photographs emphasise how new devices and forms of communication have transformed control and identification mechanisms, while new protest and resistance strategies have responded by hiding individuality and creating diffuse common identities.
Thaddé Comar was born in Paris in 1993. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social Sciences, he chooses to study photography in 2014. In 2018 he graduated with honors from the The École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). His practice is deeply linked to current events and social movements. He is now based between Paris and Switzerland, where his practice varies between editorial work, commissions and personal explorations. His work has been exhibited in Vevey Images or ParisPhoto, and featured in publications such as Vice Magazine France, It’s Nice That, Trans Magazine or Variety Magazine.
Promoted by the Begihandi collective, GETXOPHOTO is a festival dedicated to image that takes place in Getxo (Basque Country) during September for the last 13 years. It brings different proposals from photographers and visual storytellers from all over the world to the city, setting a contemporary conversation about the theme proposed each year.
GETXOPHOTO inhabits the public space and continues supporting the use of formats, stands and unconventional exhibition spaces to show the different images. This is a thematic festival that every three years works together with a different curator who understands the photography as a tool of knowledge, communication, and of course artistic enjoyment. Exhibitions, installations, projections, collaborations, experimental laboratories and many activities complete the program of the Festival.
Jon Uriarte is the curator of GETXOPHOTO 2020.