Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Annette Messager's Mes Voeux

"Mes Voeux (my wishes) is a series comprising individually framed photos and in some version fragments of text which refer to the images pinned by strings to the gallery wall. The images are an array of female and male body parts of people of various ages. Each example of the work can be taken in as a unified field but as the viewer's eye moves in the whole ensemble dissolves into a shifting pattern of associations. Messager fragments the body into named parts-- eyes, ears, geitals, mouths, hands, and so on-- so that the images become a visual equivalent of nouns. The movement of the eye around the work becomes an involuntary listing that accumulates but can never retain the entirety."

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