I is a Monster
13.11.2020 – 24.10.2021
The monster is surely one of the most famous motifs in the universe of fantasy and science fiction: Frankenstein, Dracula and others encounter, in the 20th century, aliens, giant robots and modified humans. However, besides the fascination engendered by such representations, the question remains as to what these monsters are telling us from the confines of their strangeness. Are these sensationalist characters there to merely attract our attention? Or, on the contrary, do they play an essential role vis-à-vis our humanity, always in a tug of war between elsewhere and here? In other words, should contemporary fiction be read or seen as eccentric entertainment or, conversely, as devices which, through the use of unconventional figures, allow us to think differently about who we are?
Thanks to the works exhibited for the first time in Switzerland by the artists Benjamin Lacombe (France) and Laurent Durieux (Belgium), the Maison d’Ailleurs offers you a journey which will take place in a monumental scenography inspired by 19th century circuses, allowing visitors to the Yverdon museum to restore all its richness to a notion so well known that it has become opaque: the monster, later absorbed by the notion of infirmity, is an opportunity to think differently.
|Press kit||Order the catalogue “La Parade monstrueuse”|
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