Through his work, Julien Salaud questions the bonds, forces, and symbols that unite man and nature.
Once again, he pursues his vision of a natural element: water. Mes tripes sont des poissons d’argent (“My Guts Are Silverfish”) hangs high above a swimming pool housed in a late 1960s-era building, which visitors discover from the bleachers, while swimmers contemplate it above their heads.
An immaculately white, human-sized character stands next to a diving platform. Its body is covered in a thin, translucent membrane, and from its stomach spill out several hundred silverfish.
Silurus, eels, carps, and roach fish can also be seen floating above the water and moving about in collective and dynamic movements, swept by the same current. They then float in the air before reuniting to create a new, giant fish.
In this watery universe, air and water become one, while man and animal meet. The metamorphosis of this character into an aquatic creature can be seen as a baptism, or the birth of a belief.
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