Rip Hopkins

Galerie Baudoin Lebon

For once, something has been gained in the translation—and there is a lot of translation going on in this remarkable series of images. To begin with, the title: What began in the mind of Sheffield-born, Paris-based photographer Rip Hopkins as “Tajikistan Weaving” became “Tadjikistan Tissages” for the purposes of this exhibition. The scatlike alliteration of the French version is already more compelling to the ear, but it is the subtle transformation of “weaving” into “weavings” (tissages) that serves to alert mind and eye to a multiplicity of possible readings. These emerge from Hopkins’s translation of a journey of nearly two months into a photographic record of people and places in a country that was woven together in the ’20s from bits and pieces of surrounding ethno-political entities and which is still in the process of being rewoven in the wake of the 1992–97 civil war.

Hopkins, too,

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