© Unglee
© Unglee 

Comme un désir d'éternité, le show - UNGLEE

01/12/2018 - 12/01/2019

5, rue Chapon 
75003 Paris


Christophe Gaillard Gallery presents Unglee with "Comme un désir d'éternité, le show"

Now that we call exhibition ‘shows’, it seemed only natural to me to build my exhibition as a show. A show isn't only a series of songs accompanied on a piano, but a performance whose sophisticated arrangement is meant to provoke astonishment and emotion in the spectator. Here, the songs have been replaced by photographs. The gallery turns into a venue as the gallery walls become the scenic space.

The exhibition will feature the video Oh Oui! and a series of photographs entitled Comme un désir d’Eternité [Like a desire for eternity] which takes its roots in two early works : a self-portrait from 1976 in which I applied the aesthetic codes of the 70's theatrical avant-garde which used make-up without restraint, and my film Forget me not shot in 1979. However this project's initiatory event was a portrait of myself made in 1997 by the artist Pascal le Coq on which, thanks to digital retouching, I appear wearing a wig. Comme un désir d’éternité is imbued with the image of the Hollywood stars of the great American movies era in the twilight of their life. When, in 1950 Gloria Swanson stars in Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder, she hadn’t appeared on screen since 1934 ; when in 1970 Mae West stars in Myra Breckinridge by Michael Same, she’d left the cinema studios 27 years earlier. One will have to wait 8 more years to see her in her last opus Sextett by Ken Hugues (1978) in which, at 85 years old, she marries Timothy Dalton, the future James Bond, who’s 53 years younger. When Marlene Dietrich appears for the last time on a screen in 1978 (Just a Gigolo - Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo) by David Hemming, she’s 77 and has been living for the past 4 years as a recluse in her apartment 12 rue de Montaigne in Paris.