An exploration of humanity's interaction with puppies.
An exploration of humanity's interaction with puppies. As shown in a photograph, a cat sits on a stool like a child playing with a toy gun. A bunch of puppies are piled on top of one another on a table, ready to be scooped up by the viewer. The photo has been printed upside down, so that the puppies end up as a collection of flowers and the artist's face as a flower. The work's title, Not Alone, is taken from a poem by the German writer Wilhelm von Gloeden: it is a poignant commentary on the ways in which the human condition has been turned into a set of images. In this show, an image is juxtaposed with an image that implies an absence of presence, on top of an image that merely implies presence through the absence of the other.In her previous work, Fauré chose to emphasize the ambiguities of subjectivity, to attempt to give a sense of being to the elusive subjectivity that lies at the heart of everything. In her latest exhibition, the artist presented an alternative to the dominant discourse: a kind of hybrid of the world of appearances, in which the subject is the absence of a recognizable being. The exhibition contained three photographic works, a sculpture, and a video. Fauré's work frequently employs the photographic image to create a condition of contradiction. The absence of an object is shown as a contradiction, for example, in a photograph of a black-haired man, who holds a camera at his throat, which reveals a red-rimmed, hooded face that seems to be on the verge of vanishing. In another photograph, a man stares at his own reflection in a mirror; he stares back at his own face, but one looks as if he were looking at himself, and the reflection is obscured by a curtain of black smoke. The situation is that of a man who is alone in his solitude, whose solitude is expressed in a darkness.
An exploration of humanity's interaction with puppies. The piece—made for the show by a group of Dutch artists—was an attempt to draw together a group of people who have been told that they have to stay away from the kind of art that they might find of value in the future. Although they all knew that they had to stay on the safe side—you are not going to run into any danger with this work—the group still had to come up with an idea.The group came up with a selection of visual materials. Two video monitors, a large model of a house, a telephone and an e-mail, and a large cardboard box (molded to look like an aquarium) were set on the floor, next to a white refrigerator. A woman sat at a table reading a book on information warfare and on biological warfare. The world is going to be infected with information, she said, adding, We have to keep this message from everyone. At the same time, she spoke to the public about her interest in the health of the environment, which she sees as an essential part of the destruction of humanity. The video shows the various states of the world (the U.S., France, Russia, and China) and the ideal world, where all people have been invited to participate in a more peaceful kind of coexistence. A pair of video monitors were connected by a wiring to a box containing a television set and a radio. The two video monitors were set on the floor, one on top of the other; the radio was playing a song from a cassette deck. A lady with a white coat and black boots stood in front of a television screen showing the song The Party Was Won, sung by an artist from Korea. The song, which originated in the South, is about a group of people who live together and make fun of each other, but they are not really trying to win. In fact, they are simply trying to enjoy life together.
The human and animal are united by their shared color and shape, and we can find the elements in the world that make the image—the surface of the photograph—and the individual child who made it are joined together. We can recognize that these are children who have developed a sense of self and a feeling of belonging. We can recognize that their friendship is the source of human happiness.
An exploration of humanity's interaction with puppies. The images are from a short time ago on live-feed TV. The puppies, shown in a variety of contexts, are the remains of the TV screens of children. In one instance, a couple of boys are seen wearing masks that look like the faces of children, while another boy is seen holding a mask. In another image, two boys in different costumes, one with a mask and another holding a toy donkey, approach one another in a makeshift circle of friendship. In another, a girl appears in the same pose as the boys, but in a different role—her body is shown from behind, with her hands held in front of her, like a giant tongue. In another image, two boys have their backs turned, but only their faces are visible, as they are depicted from the backs of the puppets. These two figures are featured together on the right, where one of them is holding a mirror; the other two are standing in a grey area of the space. On the left, the same boy is seen holding a mirror. They are mirrored together in an empty room, which is on the right, and the two are shown from opposite sides of the mirror. The two are positioned as if in a photograph; one is looking at the other from behind the mirror. The boy with the mask looks out at the other boy, who is looking at himself. The two figures are separated from each other by a black line, which seems to separate the two. It also separates the two boys, and the man with the mask turns towards the mirror and the black line. In another image, two boys are seen in a circle; one of them holds a toy donkey, while the other holds a mask. The boys on the left and the other boy on the right are seen in a pose of concentration; the mask and the other boy hold masks of their own, which one of the boys holds.
An exploration of humanity's interaction with puppies. (The exhibition opened with a video of the artist, her sister and her dog playing with the objects on display, as if in a zoo.) After this, you could notice two pinkish creatures emerging from the wall: the companion and the puppy, both of them in the same room. The puppies and the older one (in the form of a head) had crossed paths, and the older one seemed to be moving toward the puppy, who, in turn, was approaching her sister. The puppy, in turn, moved toward the younger one, who, in turn, was approaching her brother. The older one was about to step on the older one's foot, but she stopped to take a picture. The older one turned and walked away, leaving the younger one standing there in her big pink panties. They were cute—but they were all alone, and they had been shot in a porno style.The second part of the show was devoted to a group of photographs of an empty room. In it, two girls, one a young woman in her teens, stood against the wall with their hands to her ears, seemingly in the middle of a classroom. They were naked, save for a pair of stockings. The walls around them were bare except for a white sheet covering their legs. A teacher stood in the room, who was looking into the window and holding a camera. The photographer seemed to be taking notes, and the two girls were seen in a suggestive position in front of the window. The teacher was wearing the same teachers jacket and looked out toward the window. They were standing nude, but with their arms around each other and their feet pointed toward the floor. The girl in the picture is wearing heels, which were at the same time on the floor and on a leather chair. The skirt was removed, revealing a skimpy pink skirt with a huge red and white satin collar. The shoes are part of the dress and the skirt is loosely wrapped around the chair.