Pretend to be dead, Claire Fontaine’s solo show at T293, Rome, reflects upon the notions of survival and violence. The title refers to a form of passive defense adopted by some animals against predators that consists in simulating death. Untitled (Study for Toilet Snorkel/US patent) is a work inspired by the illustration of an American patent from 1982 for a device that allows people to survive in a smoke filled space, by breathing through a tube the clean air in the sewage pipes. Untitled (Fresh Monochromes) are eternally fresh paintings realized with anti-climb paint that never dries and is commonly applied on walls and fences to mark and deter the thief or the potential intruder with a stain that materializes his guilty intentions on his body. The sculpture Untitled (Rotary Spike: Noir Profond/Blanc/Rouge Pouilly/Vert Ramin) has been produced from a defensive device for outdoor spaces, here de-contextualized inside the white cube and painted with festive colors that dissimulate its real nature. Among the works on show are also the videos Untitled (You can cut anyone) and Untitled (Why your psychology sucks) in which an actress recites texts lifted from the messages of a controversial self-help guru, revolving around how to get rid of toxic people and how to get out of depression – a group of instructions halfway through self-defense, survival techniques and wild individualism.
Claire Fontaine - Pretend to be dead
T293, February 7 - March 19
Via Cura. Magazine