No 43 Cyril PorchetSwitzerland (1984)
Carnivals are the ultimate parties during which everyone can leave ordinary life
behind for a few hours. The series Reina takes a unique look at one of the highlights of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands: the gala for the Carnival Queen. Participants perform on stage in front of a panel of judges, bearing the weight of their sumptuous costumes. Thanks to the use of black and white, far from the typical colourful vision of the carnival, the candidates seem to merge with their huge costumes. Exhibited on the façade of Vevey’s former prison, this monumental image depicts a Carnival Queen in her costume of freedom, contrasting with the building’s very purpose.
The installation is complemented by an outdoor exhibit of photographs of all the participants in the Queen’s selection, on Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville.
Original scenography by Images Vevey in association with the artist