Laying Down of Arms and White Flag

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peinture
Creator: 
Hervé Courtain
Performer: 
Hervé Courtain
Producer: 
Hervé Courtain
Occurence: 
Starting date: 
04 01 2006
Topology: 
Adress: 
20, avenue Stephen Liégeard
Nice
France
Objets: 

82 huiles sur papier Arctic Hafreström 130 gr.

Technique description référence: 
82 huiles sur papier Arctic Hafreström 130 gr.
45 x 32 cm

courriers, Photos, objets

Technique description référence: 
courriers, Photos, objets
Description: 

I install and exhibit 82 45 x 32 cm sheets on which the series 81 crânes et des poussières (81 Skulls and Dust) are painted in oilsand the material that marks the end of my cycle of actions at Villa Arson.

I have come to bury my dead, to bear homage to them and to lay down arms.

I arrive at 2:30pm, a drawing portfolio in hand, in which I have prepared eighty-one skulls, plus a special edition, and the arms I will lay down: the portfolio, brushes worn down by the campaigns, paint tubes from my used up palette, the campaign palette-box and the white flag taken from a part of the Martin Walde fabric.

I quietly enter the square room and install my skulls one after the other in the southeast corner as planned, under the indifferent eye of the cameras [the motion sensors, NDLR] and the anxious one of my guardian angel... a student guard. One or two photographers and a cameraman disguised as visitors, unless they are really visitors disguised as photographers watching the scene. For this final action, I have exceptionally leaked information on the sly to a few people, the day before at a gallery reception.

I have never seen the color of these photos nor the film, the random authors undoubtedly are waiting for me to achieve a real notoriety before they take these images from their box where they are currently still without value. The following week, I finalize my action by coming with the No 5 Practice Work Notebook, my documents and my ink, to affix the stamps that speak volumes and are authentic.

Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
Hervé Courtain | photographie de la performance "Dépôt des Armes et Drapeau Blanc", 2006 | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste