“Le Grain De Sable” is Jean-Louis’ continual wind experimentation. It follows his series “Red Wind,” in which a piece of red silk billows around the human form. This newer series is all about the sand of the Taklamakan desert in China and its sensual dance with the wind. It is land art, performance, and the work of a mad scientist, all rolled into one – only to be revealed by the flash of a strobe and captured by the camera. He specifically went to the desert for this experience because one could not predict exactly how the images were going to look. Jean-Louis’ team included Xiao Wei the assistant and video by Severin. The road that took them across the sea of sand resembled a floating bridge and once made up the legendary Silk Road, and is the only way through the inhospitable desert. The ecology of the region, a place of recent ethnic unrest between the Muslim Uighurs and the Han Chinese settlers, is threatened by the expansion of the desert. This is partly caused by the Han settlers exhausting water resources with their intensive farming projects.