For Le Blockhaus DY.10, Malachi Farrell offers an exhibition made up of his recent “hits”, inviting visitors to dive deep into his funny and deranged world, parodying the horrors of contemporary society.
With each tour, visitors are spotted by his Dancing Cameras. These cameras were initially set up in the streets of a housing project outside Paris, and condemn our ever-growing surveillance society where the instruments of protection do not hesitate to shoot at random passersby without warning.
In Obsolescence, we watch as a banned book is being unanimously judged by a laughing and spiteful audience, all of whom admit that its planned obsolescence forbids them from letting it live much longer.
In Charmeur de serpents (“Snake Charmers”), the hypnotic sounds of a pungi clarinet inspire these weapons to dance in unison, rendering them completely innocuous.
Finally, Strange Fruit raises social, political, identity and territorial issues. The title, which comes from a 1937 poem, is perhaps the most famous artistic indictment against lynching practiced in the American south at the time. To the parodic lyrics of The Beatles’ “She Loves You”, we see a superimposed vision of a violent society that does not hesitate to hang people.
Thanks to asso. Blockhaus DY.10 and SAMOA.
© Malachi Farrell, Dancing camera, 2017