In his latest series of photos, the graphic designer and photographer François Prost compares the city of Venice with the Chinese Hangzhou and the Little Venice of Las Vegas, whose architecture is built on the model of the former. Entitled “Venice Syndrome”, this collection of images is a fascinating and provocative caricature of our globalized culture.

These two destinations are striking examples of “duplication”, a predominant trend in China of reproducing foreign environments and emblematic architectural styles. In the “Little Venice” of Las Vegas, the elements are mainly reconstructed as tourist attractions, while the replicas of Venice in Hangzhou are more remarkable, designed as true functional neighborhoods.