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July 29, 2015

Meanwhile I was working on the ‘Mirages’ installation I had some spare time to do some cement goodies for Bien Urbain 2015. On the abandoned military barracks I misappropriate an old Pétainist’s slogan that says ‘Travail, Famille, Patrie’ (Work, Family, Homeland) and turned it into ‘Travail, Famille, Party’. Pétain is the marshal that was in charge of France under nazy occupation and everything related to him has strong undemocratic connotations. My intervention was precisely aimed to turn something dramatic into a careless joke and by that claiming the necessity of airiness in a world where things are sometimes taken to seriously. It seems like some neighbors have been really annoyed by that piece: I guess humor is endangered in our modern societies…
I also had time to cement-tag some 3 headed characters around Besançon.

Pictures by: Elisa Murcia Artengo, Quentin Coussirat.

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