Thomas Mailaender attracted attention with his Chicken Museum exhibition at the 2011 Rencontres d’Arles, but the majority of this troublemaker’s work had been on display for years in titles by RVB Books, a publishing house that recently opened a gallery and bookstore in Paris. In Extreme Tourism and Cathedral Cars, Mailaender plowed the furrow of the absurd. For Gone Fishing, his latest work, Mailaender shows excerpts from a fictitious correspondence between a woman and a man fleeing his new responsibilities as a father, which the artist alternates with photographs of the activities in which this reluctant adult takes refuge: fishing, swimming with dolphins, etc.
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