He’s between 40 and 59 years old, like 25.7% of the French population. He holds a management position at a big company, like 18.8% of the working population. Every day he goes to his office in La Défense using public transports (54%). In the evening he returns home to his comfortable apartment (73%), where he lives alone (51.1%). You’ve certainly met him before: his name is Mr. C.
Mr. C is plump and balding. He has a baby face with big black glasses. He goes shopping in supermarkets and does his laundry in laundromats. He mainly works for a bank but also teaches classes at a business school. Mr C. eats in nice restaurants and at his parents’ house every Sunday. A regular of Parisian parties, concert halls and trendy gallery openings, Mr. C enjoys dressing up. His home is undeniably kitsch. He bought his bed second-hand, owns a cabbage-shaped soup tureen and a collection of edged weapons. Mr. C lives alone, visits prostitutes, sex shops, and submissives and swingers parties. He flips through porn magazines and collects mucky films. He often goes alone on vacation to Asia and Belgium. You all know at least one of his lives. Jessica Forde will introduce you to the others.
Jessica Forde is an artist obsessed with the aesthetics of everyday life. In this series, she shows us Mr. C.’ daily routine, his wardrobe, his neighborhood, his activities and habits. Forde makes him the main character of his own story and turns him into a hero.
By Mathieu Cénac
Co-director, Jean Boîte Éditions