14 May – 29 May 2021
Opening 14 May
SB34 - The Pool
34 rue Saint-Bernard
The Fool is a hybrid figure alluding to the idea of diversity who does not act according to human rationality, but understands “the language of Nature”. It's an entity that plants its roots in ancient Panic cults, assuming unpredictable forms over the centuries. This exhibition reveals some clues to the unconscious cultural heritage of a psychological character that looks beyond time to a desperate path towards cosmic re-appeasement.
With works by: Angelique Aubrit, Antonia Phoebe Brown, Mirko, Canesi, Tom Hallet, Kamilė Krasauskaitė, Giulia Messina, touche-touche, Self Luminous Society and Manon Wertenbroek.
curated by Jacopo Pagin
In Alchemy, an Athanor is a furnace used to create physical, mystical, and moral transformations. The image above shows a man sliding another figure into what looks like an old-fashioned #oven - but instead of smoke, images of the man's thoughts billow out of the oven's top. The " baker " is in fact an apothecary, the "oven" is a distillation apparatus, and the man whose thoughts are boiling out of his head is someone being treated (metaphorically) for madness.
Aprochez vous qu'avez la teste pleine
de phantasie, qui vous met en grande peine
assurez vous de ce Maistre sçavant,
quil voz humeurs seicherat tellemant,
dedans ce four, qu'aurez en peu de temps,
grand allegeance de beaucoup de torments,
aussi serez purge per ses brevages
qu'incontinant deviendrez du tout sages.