Louise Desnos – Ici sont les dragons
9 bis rue Dombasle — 93100 Montreuil
From January to December 2019
“Ici sont les dragons” is a cycle of three exhibitions that offer, at the crossroads of Roland Barthes’ Mythologies and Ursula K. Le Guin’s work, a reading of the contemporary myths of globalized capitalism, through the works of artists from all walks of life. This cycle is marked by three emblematic advertising slogans: Because we are worth it, Come as you are and Just do it. Louise Desnos is invited to propose, for each exhibition of the cycle, an original photographic work created for the occasion.
For the exhibition premiere “Because we are worth it” from January to March, Louise created “Medusa”. This assembly made of waste, a wig and plastic flowers evokes the artificialization of the world, our fascination for the reconstitution of reality and the consumption of the false. Medusa, we think of course of the continents of plastics that are born on the oceans; it is also the gorgon that stares at us, from whose gaze we cannot escape; it is both a testimony and a testament: ours, what we will pass on.
For the second exhibition “Come as you are” from May to July, Louise questions in a triptych entitled “Borders”, the theoretical foundation of globalization: the free movement of goods, capital and people. But when confronted with the border, do they circulate as freely and with the same transparency?
Finally, for the third and last exhibition ” Just do it ” from October to December, Louise summons in ” Triumph ” the bestiary of laziness, opposing the capital sin to the myths of work and performance. Her snails, invading an icy office universe, displace its functions: staplers, mice, screens become playgrounds, rockers, snail trees as cats have theirs. Laziness, as a reappropriation of a temporality of its own, becomes a form of emancipation, of lucidity, of resistance.