Biography Nicolas Pascarel

Nicolas Pascarel
Born on July 13, 1966 in Paris, lived in Naples since 1998
Languages: French, Italian, English and Spanish

Nicolas began photography in 1990 and worked as a freelance photo reporter for various newspapers and publishing houses such as Liberation, Le Monde, L’Humanité, Globe, Courrier International, Hachette, Gallimard etc. His first photo reports concerned the closure of the last coal mine in the north of France, Cairo and Damascus during the first Gulf war, the Rome of Pasolini, motorcycle crime squads in Naples, life in a circus in Paris…
In 1996, he left Paris to live in Havana for more than a year and produced his first personal work (Moros y cristianos) which led to his first exhibition in Paris.
He returned to Havana just one year later in order to orient his work towards a more personal and artistic approach which he named “Una vita nuova”. It was the turning point of his career. This nostalgic work on Cuba opened the doors to the cultural section of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and led to the start of two personal exhibitions at the famous Fototeca de Cuba (the Cuba photography museum) in 1999 and then again in June 2001. During this second exhibition with the support of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, the French Embassy in Cuba and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he taught photography at the Institut Supérieur Artistique (ISA) in Cuba. This was the start of a series of collaborations with these different ministries and the French Embassy which will led him to teach at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh (2000 and 2002), in Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam in 2005 and in Bangkok and Chiang Rai in Thailand from 2002 until 2008.
In addition to teaching photography in the acadamies previously mentioned, Nicolas continued his personal research, particularly in Cambodia, where he spent five years producing “Mémoire des années de pluie” (Memory of the Rainy Years), a contemporary story consisting of three parts from Cambodia, after the Pol Pot years what he defined as “the absence of memory”. This work was exhibited in Europe in a series of photo festivals and numerous galleries, but also with the help and collabration of the Ministry of Culture of Cambodia and France, in the Tuol Sleng S21 Genocide Museum and at the French Cultural Center from Phnom Penh in April 2005, for the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge’s entry into the capital. To make this realistic, Nicolas collaborated from 2000 to 2003 with the NGOs Krousar Thmey, Handicap International and Friends which takes care of street children. These photos taken during the day and night shed light on the abandonment of children by families, malnutrition, problems linked to drug use, AIDS prevention and school reintegration. He work also with his cambodian students on the infamous and gigantic garbage mountain (Stung Meanchey) in Phnom Penh.
Also in 2005 and 2006, Nicolas worked with the help of his Vietnamese photography students on two different stories in Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), “the blue corridor” and “At South of Cho Lon”. These two works were also exhibited in Europe and in Asia. Nicolas Pascarel has held more than 40 exhibitions in France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Spain, United States, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and the Czech Republic.

In general, Pascarel’s photographic works speaks of memory, of places lost by time and as he defines himself as “photo saudade”. In 2006, Nicolas created the association Fotoasia which aimed to carry out intense photo internships in his favorite countries like Cambodia, Vietnam andCuba. Over 400 people of different nationalities followed his internships to experience a strong photographic but also human adventure. 70% of his customers returned year after year to these different internships. In addition to his personal workshop, Nicolas regularly works with the Largo Barrache association in Naples where he sets up a long photo workshop with the young people of the Spanish Quarter in order to gradually help them get out of a bad life (outside Camora system).

In 2016, approaching 50 years old, he closed Fotoasia in order to pursue a new photo story, inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s critically acclaimed film « The Passenger », he created The Passenger Photographie. The concept is to continue the full immersion photo workshops in Asia and Cuba, but to include new destinations with a new spirit and way of Life like Maputo in Mozambico and Sao Tomé and Principe in Africa. In Pascarel’s words « The Passenger Photography » encompasses photography, cinema, and atmospheres. It’s about certain parts of the world, mine, or those I lived, learned, loved, wanted and suffered. The Passenger Photography is a subtle blend of fact and fiction, intertwined. It is this world that I invite you to read and look to still dream a little, together. The Passenger is a self portrait of every element that has made my life, that of yesterday and today, sprinkled with mystery, vitality, unanswered questions to distant adventures, Saudade and love. The Passenger is an unfinished romance, as the life of a man who is still in search of what he seeks, disregarding the passing of time. For this, he realized two anothers long term personal project, one in Havana from 2012 until 2018, a poetic and melancholic story which he aptly entitled “The Passenger” and other one in Cambodia 2012 untill 2015, at Kep sur mer, former Saint Tropez of the Indochinese coast destroyed and buried under the jungle after 25 years of war.
Alongside « The Passenger » and always in Havana, Nicolas wrote his first novel in May 2017 “Un dimanche entre l’hiver et le printemps, 8 heures du matin et tout bascule.” (A Sunday between Winter and Spring, 8 am and everything rocked.”).

For the past two years Nicolas has been working on a photographic project entitled “Another Africa or L’Afrique Autrement” in particular in Maputo, Mozambique, and also in the small and lost island of Sao Tomé and Principe, the middle of no where. In this forgotten Africa, he finds the same sensations of adventure and wealth when he discovered Cambodia just 20 years ago to create the photo department at the Royal School of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh.

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Most Important Exhibitions
2018. Germany. Darmstadt. Fotogalerie Weiber Turm. Le Passager
2016. Italy. Naples. Spazio Kromia. Winter in America
2015. France. Biarritz. Festival Amériques Latines 2015. Antes de la noche
2014. Italy. Naples. PAN (Palazzo Arti Napoli) : S21 of Roberto Arcangeli (curator)
2014. Italy. Naples. Gallery D’Ayala6. Kep sur mer, Cambodia
2012. Italy. Naples. Largo Baracche. Antes de la noche, Habana
2011. Italy. Naples. French Cultural Centre of Naples: Gilberto, Le Cri
2011. Italy. Naples. Gallery Interno56: Border Life
2011. Italy. Naples. Castel Del’Ovo: L’Infinito Instante
2011. Italy. Capri. Museum of Certosa of San Giacomo: L’infinito Instante
2011. Italy. Naples. Gallery 1 Opera: Il Malecon
2008. Thailand. Bangkok. PhotoArtAsia at Central World : Short cut memory
2008. Singapore. First Biennale of International Photography: The blue corridor
2008. Italy. Naples. Largo Baracche : Ncoppa’e Quartieri
2008. Indonesia. Jakarta. Goethe Institute “Another Asia”: The blue corridor
2007. USA  San Antonio, Texas “Fotoseptiembre  Safoto” : Una vita nuova
2007. Italy. Naples. Gallery Trip: 106° 39’ 7’’E 10° 49’ 8’’N
2007. Czech Rep. Prague. Gallery Langhans : The blue corridor
2006. Italy. Sorrento. Photo Gallery: The blue corridor
2006. Germany. Siegen. Gallery Thomas Kellner : Short cut memory
2006. Italy. Roma. Gallery Santa Cecilia: At South of Cho Lon
2006. Holland. Noorderlicht Photofestival “Another Asia”: The blue corridor
2006. China. Qinghai International Photography Festival: The blue corridor
2006. Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh city. Month of photography: The blue corridor
2005. Italy. Genova. Europeen Cultural Centre of Genova: Genova scatti europei
2005. Cambodia. French Cultural Centre of Phnom Penh and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum S21: Mémoire des années de pluie
2005. Italy. Rome. International Festival of Photography “Oriented”: Shorts cut memory
2004. Italy. Venice. Gallery Immagina: Shorts cut memory
2003. France. La Romieu. Gallery of contemporary art: Shorts cut memory
2002. France. Honfleur. International festival of photography: Shorts cut memory
2001. Spain. Ténérife. Fotonoviembre: Una vita nuova
2001. Cuba. Havana. Fototeca of Cuba: Una vita nuova
2001. France. Lectoure. Gallery of contemporary art: Mémoire des années de pluie
2000. France. Biarritz. International festival of Photography “Visa pour l’image” : Una vita nuova
2000. France. Saint Pierre. Gallery of contemporary art: Una vita nuova
1999. Cuba. Havana. Fototeca of Cuba: Moros y cristianos
1999. France. Toulouse. Le Château d’Eau: Moros y cristianos
1999. Italy. Naples. Villa Savonarola Contemporary art: Una vita nuova
1998. Italy. Naples. Palazzo Carafa della Spina: Moros y cristianos
1998. France. Nantes. Festival of 3 Continents: Moros y cristianos
1998. Italy. Padoue. Galleria Adelphi of contemporary art: Moros y cristianos
1998. Germany. Kologne. Der Spiegel Gallery : Moros y cristianos
1997. France. Paris. Cinéma des Cinéastes : Moros y cristianos

Teacher of Photography
2014. Thailand. Chiang Rai. University Mae Fah Luang
2008. Italy. Naples. Largo Baracche “Ragazzi dei quartieri spagnoli”
2008. Thailand. Bangkok. Siam Paragon Center “School of Art”
2008. Thailand. Chiang Rai. University Mae Fah Luang and French Institute of Chiang Rai
2007. Thailand. Chiang Rai. University Mae Fah Luang and French Institute of Chiang Rai
2007. Italy. Naples. Lanificio 25 Contemporary Art “memory and photography”
2006. Thailand. Chiang Rai. French Institute of Chiang Rai and University Mae Fah Luang
2005. Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City. French Institute of Ho Chi Minh city and Vietnam-French cultural cooperation
2003. Thailand. Chiang Rai. French Institute of Chiang Rai and Bangkok
2002. Cambodia. Phnom Penh. Royal Academy of Fine Arts
2002. Thailand. Chiang Rai. French Institute of Chiang Rai and Bangkok
2001. Cuba. Havana. Fine Art Institute of Havana and Fototeca de Cuba
2000. Cambodia. Phnom Penh. French Cultural Centre of Phnom Penh and Royal Academy of Fine Arts

Documentary Film
2008. “’Ncoppa ‘e Quartieri” Naples Italy. 32 minutes
2005. “During the rain” Phnom Penh Cambodia. 52 minutes

Working with NGOs
2000, 2002 and 2003. Cambodia. Phnom Penh: work realized on the street childrens in Phnom Penh with the NGO “Krousar Thmey, Handicap International and Friends”.

International Cooperation
2008/2007. Embassy of France in Thailand, University Mae Fah Luang
2006. Consulate of France in Ho Chi Minh city Vietnam, Ministry of Culture of Vietnam, French foreign office
2006. French Institute of Chiang Rai,University Mae Fah Luang
2005. Embassy of France in Vietnam, Ministry of Culture of Vietnam, French foreign office2005. French Institute of Genova, Municipality of Genova, French foreign office
2005. Embassy of France in Cambodia, Ministry of Culture of Cambodia, French foreign office
2003/2002. Embassy of France in Thailand, French Cultural Centre of Bangkok and Chiang Rai
2002. Embassy of France in Cambodia, French foreign office
2001. Embassy of France in Cuba, French foreign office, Ministry of Culture of Cuba
2000. Embassy of France in Cambodia, French foreign office, Ministry of Culture of Cambodia
1999. Embassy of France in Cuba, Fundacion Ludwig de Cuba, Fototeca de Cuba

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