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Correcting the representation of the gorilla itself
"Matthieu Faury, with Primal Heart, is embarking on a more complicated challenge than it seems. It is not just for him to grapple with gray marble, a rock of exceptional hardness to extract, by subtraction of matter, the volume of a stone gorilla. He still needs to correct the very representation of the gorilla, a misguided and disguised representation (…) How does Matthieu Faury consider the gorilla, with what gaze? A human gaze of the 21st century, at a time when the new Joan of Arc is called Greta Thunberg, and when the battle is of the utmost urgency against predators of all kinds and all forms of ecocide. Not that Matthieu Faury's approach is strictly ecological (so-called "ecological" art has its rules, often starting with its physical inclusion in the natural environment), it is nonetheless dictated by this "common decency" (George Orwell) to be used as fuel for the ethics of the moment."
ECCE GORILLA, M.Faury, A.Brétinière, texte de Paul Ardenne,
Éditions Marion Charlet, 2020.