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Editions Imogène / Fondation Antoine de Galbert : Aalam : Privaatt


Editions Imogène (with the support of the Antoine de Galbert Foundation) publishes Privaatt, the book by artist Aalam.

Regime collapses mark our collective memory. The images of dictators finally defeated, totally vulnerable, have indelibly imprinted our retinas. Benito Mussolini hanging by his feet, Muammar Gaddafi on his knees, Saddam Hussein haggard… With the same aim of annihilating the monstrous power of these tyrants, the Egyptian artist Aalam chose to divert photographs of these men from collections (public or private) or from the media. The subjects have in common that they seem to forget themselves for a moment, breaking with the canons of their official propaganda: Idi Amin Dada in a swimming pool, Adolf Hitler prostrate, staring at the ceiling, Kim Jong-un, his gaze lost in his plate . From  the artist’s manipulation: and an incongruous association with other clichés create surprising, entertaining, even ridiculous fictional moments, especially as they are supplemented by a caption and copyright rewritten by Aalam

The title of the series “Privaatt” means “Private” in the language of an imaginary totalitarian state and this work brings together this collection of illusions.

The work 21 Tyrans from the Privaatt series by Aalam is part of the exhibition A History of Images – Antoine de Galbert donation shown until July 7 at the MAC in Lyon.


Aalam : Privaatt
Editions Imogène (with the support of the Antoine de Galbert Foundation)
Text: Maylis de Kerangal
Bilingual French/English edition
24 x 30 cm
80 pages
ISBN: 9782900840177


Fondation Antoine de Galbert
52 rue de Charenton
75012 Paris – France

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