Thaddé Comar

How was your Dream?

How was your dream? is a documentary photographic project carried out during the Hong Kong protests between June and October 2019. The author deals with new forms of demonstration and insurrection in our post-contemporary era dominated by seamless control societies. The title refers to the turn of phrase used by the demonstrators to securely evoke their demonstration experiences. Five years ago the “umbrella movement” was quickly repressed by state and police violence. In 2019 the democratic uprising that began in May gave itself the means to continue.
Faced with a sophisticated arsenal of control (facial recognition, geolocation, eavesdropping, infiltration, water cannons, tear gas, helicopter, sonic weapons, non-lethal rifles), the Hong Kong demonstrators have developed a repertoire of techniques based on principles of invisibility and untraceability (anonymity, lasers of blindness, pocket of faraday, vision by drones, masks of all kinds, encrypted communication etc…), allowing them to mitigate the effects of the repression. These new devices contribute to the transformation of the forms of struggle and resistance, and push for the gradual erasure of individual singularities. In the future, will societies and sophisticated systems of control force us to make our human singularities disappear? Will this be done in favor of a new common identity? (Thaddé Comar)

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.