Photo © Fabien Guillermont
The Weight of Shame
Sculpture and Performance by Fabien Guillermont (France)
presented on 1st July 2017 at Chamblay (France)
Fabien Guillermont maintains a special relationship with Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the founding myths of our society. Whether he is the Minotaur or Erysichthon, in the forest the man-animal is in his element. Risking breaking his neck at any moment due to the heaviness of his antlers, he is all the more heroic for continuing his course. Without a doubt the origin of this piece is the chill of Lapland, in the confession of a young Sami, who says it originated with the dunce caps worn shamefully by ancient schoolchildren who were being punished. But isn’t the artist’s greatest strength to transform the burden of a shameful injustice into a crown of pride?