2021 Edition > back to nature: a photographic journey through mongolia with marc progin
Back to Nature: A Photographic Journey through Mongolia with Marc Progin

This photography story will take us back 60 millions years. Welcome on this long bicycle ride to the land of the dinosaurs with Marc Progin, Swiss photographer, poet, philosopher and adventurer. A journey that took more than 3 years to complete. We will travel back in time, into space and an ocean of light where nature rules and human abide by its laws. A cosmic itinerary as well that will take us to the origin of the world, across moon type landscapes, petrified forests, sand dunes and the deserts of Mongolia where we will meet with the dinosaurs.

In addition to the photography exhibition and the book launch, talks by the artist will be given with stunning slideshows and music. The tools and maps he used on his adventures will also be on display.

Opening hours: Wed-Sun | 11am to 6pm

The artist will be available for interviews on request.
For press inquiries: Christina Jensen | christina@bluelotus-gallery.com

Event on Blue Lotus Gallery Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/929495304142468/
Artist Page on Blue Lotus Gallery Website: https://bluelotus-gallery.com/#/marcprogin/
Marc Progin Website: http://www.progin.com/

© Marc Progin ‘Gold and silk embroidery _ Broderie d’or et de soie’ Mongolia, 2007
© Marc Progin ‘Spring migration _ Migration printanière’ Mongolia, 2019
© Marc Progin ‘Midnight blue moon on flaming cliffs _ Lune bleu nuit sur falaise flamboyante’ Mongolia, 2016
Artist Portait
About Marc Progin

Time has no hold on this man or toward a singular career. Long distance runner and cyclist accustomed to the harshness of the Mongol Steppes that he covers in all directions. Marc Progin is 75. Slender, the muscle dry, straight like a post, he has the physical look of the marathoner and of the ascetic, “I feel good in my head because I feel good in my body.”

The constant search for wide horizons is the red thread of his rich life. Born in a working-class suburb of Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1945, Marc Progin, a former watchmaker, settled in Hong Kong in the 1970s, becoming a pioneer in the conquest of Asian markets. At the turn of the millennium, the call of the unknown guided him in a new life as a traveller-poet.

Endurance leads him to a more fundamental, inner and cultural quest. The exploration of Mongolia, the original nature where the nomads live differently, without possessions, gives meaning to his life. He travels the deserts with minimal logistics. He explores its history and its paleontological treasures. At this cradle of dinosaurs, he borrows what becomes his nickname: ‘velociraptor,’ named after a species of which he found fossilised remains. Lover of words, erudite, the traveller fills page after page of notebooks with illuminated poetry. His ‘Alexandrine’ verses celebrate the beauty of Mongolian landscapes. They also tell of the spiritual quest of a man tired by the superficiality and illusions imposed by business, consumption and ‘connected’ society. Marc Progin photographs to convey what he sees and feels. In the bareness and the effort, in contact with emptiness and immensity, he clings to what he is, a being reduced to its vital needs: light, a little water and food.

Progin, the photographer, has had solo exhibitions in Hong Kong Foreign Correspondent’s Club and Latitude 22n as well as shown work with Hong Kong Heritage Project and Children of Mekong. He gathers a crown whenever he gives lectures, previously he has been invited to talk at the Royal Geographical Society [HK], CH-Lausanne University [Switzerland], CH-Neuchâtel Academy [Switzerland], American Hong Kong Society, Swiss Business Council Hong Kong, and French International School to name but a few. When he is not behind the camera shooting both for his own artwork or as a Press Photographer, he is often on the other side being interviewed numerous times by the RTHK, TVB, and for Radio.

Presented by
5 June (Friday) - 5 July (Sunday) 2020
Blue Lotus Gallery
G/F 28 Pound Lane , Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Free Admission





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