The Burn them all series consists of princes’ and princesses’ castles in ceramic. Like a construction set, a hundred or so elements are modeled, assembled, glazed and assembled, glazed and assembled. The shape of the castle and the soft colors are reminiscent of the Disney universe, of which the artist is highly critical. Since his studies, he has been researching the power of gender stereotypes in cartoons and film.
The origin of the series is a reaction to the enactment of the Don’t say gay law by the State of Florida. This law prohibits the teaching of subjects related to sexual orientation in elementary school. The idea is to set fire to the castle: the place of power. We have to get up close and visit the castle’s surface with our eyes to encounter discreet messages: yolo, men are trash, ça fait réfléchir, I was an angel. The burning castle signifies the death of an oppressive order, the end of illusions and the taking back of the narrative. The handmade sculpture reminds us of the lies conveyed by fairy tales, where individuals can only live happily married lives if they conform to heteropatriarchal norms. The others are invisibilized, marginalized, excluded… so we need to build new realms with our own hands, to imagine other stories and other societies that are resolutely more inclusive and other societies that are resolutely more inclusive and joyful.
This exhibition is part of Castlemania, in collaboration with Galerie Fleur & Wouter. Castlemania consists of 3 exhibitions: 1 groupshow in The South Castle (Galerie Fleur & Wouter) and 2 soloshows in The North Castle (No Limits! Art Castle).