Présence Panchounette

  • Présence Panchounette

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    Coups bas libres, 1986

    Boxing ring, painted cover, wooden sculptures by Nicolas Damas
    200 x 395 x 395 cm

    Semiose, Paris

    Petit Palais

    Présence Panchounette is an artists’ collective, active between 1969 and 1990. In a boxing ring, two painted wooden snails face off by depositing paint trails onto a carpet, imitating Pollock’s drippings. The work points to aesthetic hypocrisies and ideological taboos, countering the cultural values of the period.
    To this dismantling of the hierarchies of taste and class, they add a hilarious method of “information clash”: the artist, appearing as a gastropod, is put out to pasture in the ring. As usual, with Présence Panchounette, the title includes a play on words, here, the intermingling of the Cuban boxers admired by the group and the famous Cuba libre cocktail

    Photo: Marc Domage

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