THE WORLD OF MAZACCIO & DROWILAL AT THE RENCONTRES D’ARLES
Winners of the BMW Residency at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in 2013, Mazaccio & Drowilal had been unanimously chosen by the Jury for their freshness, humor and iconoclasm. This summer we can see the results of that residency, work as revivifying as is promised by their motto, "100% comedians, 1% artists."
Don't get them wrong, though: what they offer in Wild Style—both the book and the exhibition—is subject matter symptomatic of the way we reduce the world to images combined with a cogent artistic agenda. With their subjective inventory of the "wild" imagery that pervades our most prosaic consumer goods—from key rings to T-shirts, toys, wall paintings and lampstands and even our doings on the Internet—Mazaccio & Drowilal subtly pinpoint the way we endow our artifacts with idealized fantasies of a natural world we think we are taming by humanizing it or reducing it to the status of a stage set. The better to protect ourselves from it?
Thus laughter is the first step to changing our way of seeing, of shattering the perceptual dogmas erected by our icon-saturated society.
• Mazaccio & Drowilal. Résidence BMW au musée Nicéphore Niépce, Éditions Trocadéro, bilingual French/English, 25 €.
For more about Mazaccio & Drowilal see "The World according to Mazaccio & Drowilal", Camera 6, pp. 68–69.
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