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Malo : sufficiency and insufficiency


Whether in his series “The ordinary life of an invisible man” which features a family of the fifties during a typical weekend, ” castle life” where young chatelains are decked out with heads of felines which symbolize the lordly and superior projections, which they have of themselves, “Upside down. The conventions laid bare” where the characters live as if they were constantly observed by a mirror, the works of Malo gives to see seemingly flawless, compassed and grand bourgeois reflections

Nevertheless imperceptibly or more clearly the real is moving: it is displaced or half cut. Admittedly clothes make the man, clothes express their social situation but a paradoxical form of decadent and dandy eccentricity  arises in spite of the protagonists.

There is always a subtle orchestration of the comedy of appearances where the least amount of freedom and letting go would be much more than a lack of taste. The works are therefore as funny as cruel where the federation of participants becomes a deleterious, pedantic and derisory ritual.

Some diptychs seek to illustrate repressed feelings: on the one hand this life as it seems, on the other as it should be as long as beings are “unbuttoned”. Arises all the hypocrisy of circles made vicious by the distance that the actors of such a social tragicomedy keep between them, where the underlying desire sees a certain “vice” remains wishful thinking.

Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret

The exhibition is online on the site of Corridor Éléphant :

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