Program 2018

No 05 Olivier Blanckart

France (1959)

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In this series of self-portraits, Olivier Blanckart poses as pop culture icons with ironic alterations to their appearance, attitudes or expressions. Instantly recognisable figures like Angela Merkel, Honoré de Balzac, Chuck Norris, David Lynch, and Laurel and Hardy are reinterpreted with disturbing false mimicry in black and white as well as colour portraits. Between self-portrait, caricature and performance, this work questions the complex, sometimes conflicting relationship between private identity and public image. This proposal responds to the installation XXth Century Lonely Art Camp – in extremis (No 06), presented on the stage of the Salle del Castillo.

Original scenography by Images Vevey in association with the artist