La Friche La Belle de Mai

24 Mai 2017


Emmanuel Simon contacted me few months ago for a group show at la Friche Belle-de-Mai in Marseille. I was preparing my solo show for Art-Cade galery for the same periode at PAC Marseille 2017. He told me that in his work he creates "mis en abime" of other artists work by inviting them to collaborate for group shows. I was at that time also thinking about a new way of showing my project called "Shadows of Memory" which consists to copy (by handwriting), books which have an important impact on my work. The copy is usually made in the book itself and between two lines. I had already shown "In search of lost time" of marcel proust in few group shows, and I did copy for about 3 hours, as a performance in MAC VAL, a short text of Marcel Proust about Gustave Moreau.
But for this event I decided to transfer the printed text to the wall and to copy it directly on the wall. I chose fragment # 47 of Fernando Pessoa’s "Fragments d’un voyage immobile" which is also the title of my solo show :

47
Dans le vertige physique, le monde extérieur tournoie autour de nous ; dans le vertige moral c’est notre monde intérieur qui tournoie. J’eus un instant l’impression de perdre la conscience des véritables rapports entre les choses, de ne plus comprendre, de basculer dans un abîme de vide mental. C’est une sensation horrible, qui frappe d’une peur démesurée. Ces phénomènes deviennent fréquents, ils semblent jalonner ma route vers une nouvelle vie mentale, qui sera naturellement la folie.
Fragments d’un voyage immobile, Fernando Pessoa