ON NE REMARQUE PAS L’ABSENCE D’UN INCONNU

On ne remarque pas l’absence d’un inconnu (“You don’t no- tice a stranger’s absence”): the sentence rings like a slogan and like a self-evident fact. Using the codes of mass com- munication, such as posters, a widely used communication tool, Philippe Cazal constructs a semantic body of work that is simple and powerful, poetic and political.

In the context of the Exile Pa- vilion, this manifesto resonates with an entire ethical reflection on the close and the distant, the value given to “the oth- er who has a face” or to “the other that I will never see”, as French philosopher Paul Ricoeur would say. Who is he and did he ever even exist, he who dies between borders or on a shore, and that I have never known nor even looked in the eye?

In the same spirit of urban in- terventions, Je veux une suite et pas une fin (“I want a con- tinuation and not an end”), which can be interpreted as a refugee’s cry of hope, is paint- ed with a stencil on the outside wall of the gallery.