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Pierre and Gilles
Double Je (1976 - 2007)
Jade Lobato de Faria, July 30, 2007
Pierre and Gilles_Fleurs de Shanghai, 2005_Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont_Paris
Pierre and Gilles_Fleurs de Shanghai, 2005_Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont_Paris
 
If we look at the total range of figures that it presents, beyond the world of homosexuality (with which it is not coterminous), the work of Pierre et Gilles comes across as a digest of humanity. A humanity that is something of a family, where individuals and ages differ and themes diverge, but where everything nevertheless seems to have a unity. This aggregative feat, the effect of an indefinitely repeated homogeneity of style, cements the tribe of Pierre et Gilles bodies, unifying it in spite of its discrepancies. (…)


Pierre and Gilles_Les Cosmonautes, 1991_Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont_Paris
Pierre and Gilles_Les Cosmonautes, 1991_Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont_Paris
 
A superb declaration of love in favour of humanism, this body of work asks us to forget our anguished conception of humanity, that depressed vision inherited from the traumas of the twentieth century, from the depersonalisation engendered by mass society and instrumentalising technology, and to let ourselves imagine the possibility of another humankind: a humankind in which the ugly have become beautiful, where martyrdom would be without pain, where horror would be bearable, if not pretty, where death would not kill - in a word, where love reigned supreme. Yes, it's a total utopia, but we ought to hold on to its subliminal message, which is quite concrete and could even serve to inspire some kind of engagement: that of eroticism as a major social binding agent. The image, with Pierre et Gilles, is a fundamentally erotic, even erogenous vector: we cast our eyes on it only to love the figure of our fellows and, by ricochet, our fellows themselves, and in the end our own selves, as respectable members of the great human family."

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