In 1984 I was awarded a French foreign ministry grant to go to Japan for three months. I left on October 25, not knowing that this date marked the beginning of a 92-day countdown to the end of a love affair. Nothing extraordinary - but to me, at the time, the unhappiest moment in my life, and one for which I blamed the trip itself. I got back to France on January 28, 1985. From that moment on, whenever people asked me about the trip I skipped the Far East bit and told them about my suffering instead. In turn, I started asking both friends and chance encounters: 'When did you suffer most?' I did this systematically until I had gotten over my pain by comparing it with other people's or had worn out my own story through sheer repetition. The method proved radically effective: three months later, I was cured. However, fearing a possible relapse, I decided not to exploit the experiment artistically. By the time I returned to it, fifteen years had passed. MOD. Med. Intense, highly localized pain

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Perrotin Seoul
Founded in Paris in 1990 by Emmanuel Perrotin, then 21 years old, the gallery has become one of the most
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