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Hitler and Stalin compare the size of their penises. A robot bangs a tattooed woman from behind. The grim reaper nibbles on the nipple of a young nude woman. Welcome to the world of Patrick Boussignac, where nothing seems real, but, in fact, couldn’t be closer to the truth. “I hate banality,” he says. “Nothing scares me more than blindness in front of a thing just because it’s been seen or heard or read too often.” The striking eccentricity of his work only illustrates the degree to which our own modern conventions are outrageous and bizarre. We live in an age in which we subordinate and conform our sexuality to the fixed standards of automata and digital structure. We romanticize strung out rock stars who never made it passed 27, and glorify their lifestyles of self-destructive hedonism. “I always want to wake up the public and tell them ‘You think you know this subject because you’ve seen it thousands of times, but look – here‘s another way to see it!’” Boussignac even takes the time to challenge our persona of Hitler that we take to be self-evident, i.e. Hitler as a one-dimensional concept of evil. Whether he is spilling out his soul to Sigmund Freud, or measuring the size of his penis against Stalin’s, Hitler is just another vulnerable lost soul in search of validation: “At the end, it was just a struggle for megalomania and millions died for that!” This humanized and, if you will, pathetic portrait
of Hitler forces us to question our tendency to blindly worship and glorify global leaders and social icons: “We idealize all these historical figures when in fact they are just humans going to the toilet like anyone else. If people really saw Stalin or Hitler or any other, and saw that they really were little mediocre men, would they accept to die for them?” Boussignac says reactions to his work have ranged from encouragement and praise to hate and disdain: “My paintings don’t let people be indifferent – that’s what I look for because we’re all dying with indifference.” His work is a shock to our system. It’s a wake up call, forcing us to identify and question the structures that shape our reality. Even if his work provokes anger and disagreement, as long as it does something to stall the pace with which we sleepwalk through life, Boussignac’s work is a work well done.
text by Dania Lerman
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