Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Café Little Boy, 2002

ExhibitionsJean-Luc Vilmouth, Café Little Boy, 2002

From 16th of June to 7th of January 2019

Locations : Galerie 1
Category : Exhibitions
Discipline : Installation
Public : All ages
Author : Jean-Luc Vilmouth

After welcoming the reactions from: Sublime. Les tremblements du monde and Jardin infini. De Giverny à l’Amazonie, Jean-Luc Vilmouth’s oeuvre enters into resonance with the Japanese season exhibition which closes our creative trilogy: a journey in three acts into the depths of humanness. Here, we are on the threshold of what the artist defines as “experimental fringes, situations that allow emotions to flow, connecting us with our environment” which intensify and enhance our perception of reality.

Jean-Luc Vilmouth’s life work examines the various channels of communication mankind has established with its environment a permanent dialogue over time even if occasionally muted by momentary interruptions. His oeuvre “re-establishes our sense of belonging to the world”, according to Bruno Latour, and returns humans to their ecosystem however devastated and threatened it may be, as shown in his film Lunch Time and his environment Jungle Science.

As Paul Virilo writes in The Aesthetics of Disappearance, Jean-Luc Vilmouth’s own aesthetic investigations involve momentary “interruptions, disappearances, and effective reappearances of reality”; this is once again true for Café Little Boy, 2002, a place open to reflection, communication and exchanges. This fragile commemorative monument was given the code name of the atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. As a finale to the Japanese Season, during which the exhibitions Japan-ness and Japanorama, dedicated to Japanese art and architecture, explore the metabolism of an archipelago forever subjected to destruction and creative reinvention, Café Little Boy is a green board on which are hung photographs found on the Fukuromachi school blackboard where survivors of the atomic explosion had written messages in the hopes of finding family members. In turn, it has become an invitation to contribute together to a commemorative work that establishes a conversation between the present and the ghosts of the past. “Space = emptiness + ma. Originally the word ma was used to indicate the space between things that exist side by side; now it signifies a gap, a crack separating things.”

With Café Little Boy, Jean-Luc Vilmouth weaves emotions and impressions, sets memories in motion. This collective poem seeps into the cracks of our identities, thus defining that space and rendering it significant.