of the installation at the Centquatre (group show Jeune Création -
Installation (ten sheets of paper on a table)
From a corpus
of suicide letters, several people rewrote by hand original documents.
Fictitious letters have also been written for the installation, where reality
and fiction are mixed.
table in the middle of an exhibition room invites us to
read ten papers, each of which contains the words of someone
took his own life.
But the fiction catches us: there is no way to distinguish the veracity
of these messages and if they have actually been followed by the intended
Once again, the subject is not the focus
of the artist. Rather, he wants
to question the limits of the fiction,
which is why a note discloses the inauthenticity of some papers,
revealing which ones.
It distances us in order to show how an object can be manipulated and to
reveal the emotion that continues despite of this transformation.
He plays with forces of persuasion by modifying the handwriting. In order
to do so, he proposed to several people to rewrite original messages by hand.
The impact of the handwriting, although realized arbitrarily, leads the reader-viewer
to construct a character who could have written such a letter.
Paradoxically, while being put into distance by the avowal of the facsimile,
a tension remains and insists in the trouble that titillates our curiosity
and leaves our doubt remedied." Thomas