Category: Contemporary Art
Author: Silvia Gruner
Design: Enrique Arellano
Text: José Luis Barrios y Irmgard Emmelhainz
Size: 20 x 25 cm
Language: Bilingual (ENG-ESP)
Publication year: 2009
Un chant d’amour pays homage to the film that the writer Jean Genet made in 1950 with the same title; the only film that he directed and finished and which, like all his literary work, focuses on the transgression of the sexual, racial and power limits of its characters. The suggestive artist incites us to reflection through two video installations, having appropriated some significant moments from the original film in which two convicts try to have a loving communication through the wall that divides their cells.
The artist’s book, Un chant d’amour collects the memory of the film event in a print, an amatory souvenir of the different scenes of the video that underline the ephemeral character of amorous passion. The perforated book in turn acts as an object metaphor for the perforated wall through which the lovers communicate.