About Thomas Sauvin with


Since 2009, the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin have embarked on an unusual adventure: salvaging discarded negatives from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing that were destined to destruction. Undertaking one of the largest and most important archival projects in China, he buys by the kilo, taking away rice bags filled with thousands of rolls of slobbery, dusty and scratched negative film. Once closely examined, images are consistently selected, digitized, and classified. Today it encompasses over half a million of anonymous photographs spanning the period from 1985 to 2005, reconstructing then a large part of the history of popular analogue photography in China. This coherent and unceasingly evolving archive allows us to apprehend negatives in different ways. It constitutes a visual platform for cross-cultural interactions while impacting on our collective memory of the recent past.


Klara Källström (1984) and Thobias Fäldt (1978) have been working together since 2005 and are based in Sweden. Since 2011, they are the founders of the publishing platform B-B-B-Books. Their works have been exhibited internationally including Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow during Krakow Photomonth Festival, Le Bal (Paris), Photo Saint Germain (Paris), LACMA (Los Angeles), Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (Budapest), Aperture Foundation (New York), Kunstal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), Hasselblad Centre (Gothenburg) CFF/Center for Photography and Fotografiska (Stockholm). Källström and Fäldt have received the Documentary Award from the Museum of Work in Sweden (2015), Sundsvall Museum’s Art Award (2016), Greenhill Art Award (2014) and Scanpix Photo Prize (2012 and 2006). They have received scholarships from Iaspis: the Swedish Arts and Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists for the Artist-in-Residence at Nova Iskra in Belgrade (2016) and from CALQ in Quebec, Canada (2013) and The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm for the Artist-in-Residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2017). Källström and Fäldt hold working grants from the Swedish Arts and Grants Committee and The Writers Committee in Sweden. (http://kk-tf.com)