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The city of Ordos, in China, only exists since a few years. But it is already dead.

Amongst the countless new city projects that have proliferated in China, Ordos stands out. It is the biggest, the most megalomaniac, and the worst situated one: In the middle of the vast steppe, tens of kilometers away from any settlement, in a region almost void of water and trees.

Ordos was set to welcome at least a million inhabitants. Yet, repelled by its harsh climate and exorbitant prices, barely a few thousands ever settled. There is no activity in Ordos, except building Ordos.

Relentlessly, high-rise condominiums reproduce in the hostile plain, while in the blank city center, the wide avenues stay empty. All around the city, open-pit mines methodically burst open the land to extract coal, which finances the extravaganza.

Because Ordos, the city that had everything better and bigger, still awaits the essential: its people.

The photo is framed in black wood 60cm x 50cm

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Born 1987 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Studied humanities in Geneva and Tokyo, Japan.

Prix Paris Photo Jeunes Talents 2012

Sélection Voix Off Arles 2013

Ted Talk at Tedx Paris 2014

Started photography at age 18 while travelling alone from Geneva to Japan, by foot and public transports. The 26 months journey brought him through the Balkans, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Tibet, China and Siberia, where Adrien used a tiny analog camera. He now uses mostly his Rolleiflex medium format analog camera.

In 2012 he won international recognition with his work on North Korea, for which he received the Paris Photo award, and subsequently published by La Martinière. In 2015 Kehrer Editors published his second book, Ordos.

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