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20 September 2016

Andres Serrano_Night of the Year 2016

TORTURE

The Torture series is conceived as a reflection on the concept of torture and its evolution down through centuries. Andres Serrano questions the disturbing schizophrenia of our contemporary societies. Although torture is in fact banned by the 1949 Geneva Convention and the United Nations Convention Against Torture, it is still employed by 81 governments. Beginning with a methodical study of objects and machines devoted to torture since the Middle Ages, where each new discovery is envisaged as a disturbing still-life, he then focuses on symbolic places of torture, from prisons to the Stasi’s interrogation offices, and the death camps, to finish by an attempt to represent mental torture.

 

GRAND ARLES EXPRESS
Collection Lambert, Avignon