April 2018 - A portrait of Pier Paolo Pasolini carrying his own lifeless body, pasted on walls in Ostia, Rome and Naples, the very cities where the writer and film director lived and died... Pasted along the docks in Brest, the image of a man being slammed to the wall by two others, held aloft by his arms as he is crucified – an homage to Jean Genet and his 1947 novel Querelle de Brest …
A pioneering artist, Ernest Pignon-Ernest’s works have often emerged out of literature, drawn not to be hung in museums, but to be installed in places where they will resonate with meaning. Known as a man of social commitment and modesty, the artist offers a historical and political vision of places, transforming the space where he intervenes into a veritable work of art, thus surprising passers-by an alternative reading of a quartier, a street, or an address. The works of Ernest Pignon-Ernest engage us. They are born, live and die in rhythm with the city, revealing a sacred dimension to the urban environment.
“My works arise from both a physical approach to a place a more symbolic approach to its history,” the artist explains.
“The place becomes the subject.”
The ephemeral nature of each work, its death all but preordained, is intended by Ernest Pignon-Ernest: “Fragility is one of the key elements of my work.”
Yet a singularity of the artist was the decision early in his career to photograph his works in situ, thus preserving a lasting trace of his passage. In partnership with Galerie Lelong & Co., an exhibition of 29 photographs by Ernest Pignon-Ernest at Château Palmer presents the works of this visionary artist. From Rome to Uzeste, from Naples to Paris and Brest, his oeuvre is one of imagery as wordplay, metaphors on presence and absence, the said and unsaid, poetry and political engagement, memories and the ephemeral…
The exhibition Mémoire de l’éphémère may be seen during estate visits to Château Palmer, from 5th May to 31st August 2018. To reserve, address a request by e-mail to email@example.com.
Picture: Rimbaud, Paris 1978