Toulouse artist James Colomina, known for his red sculptures, installed a replica of President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, December 21 in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. A work to “highlight the homeless” and denounce the “trivialization of poverty”.
The red of the sculpture representing the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, contrasts with the green of the tent, in front of which the work has been placed. There are no doubts. This installation located along the Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement of Paris is that of the Toulouse artist James Colomina.
The work representing Emmanuel Macron was installed in a tent camp located on the quays of the Canal Saint Martin in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
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It is difficult for the passer-by not to have the gaze attracted by this work in the middle of a tent camp as if the character was himself homeless.
“On this first day of winter, I wanted to denounce the trivialization of the misery of the homeless locked outside and too often forgotten“explains the artist.
Put the president “all the way down”
A message which according to him would be “not political” but “societal”: “JI just took our president who is at the top of the pyramid and put him at the very bottom. By creating this work, I hope to shed light on the homeless. We have to stop getting used to misery“To bring the President back to a very” down to earth “reality and to draw with him the attention of public opinion.
In 2019, James Colomina had already organized a similar happening with his work, “the migrant”, posed in several symbolic places of Paris, place Vendôme, at the Eiffel Tower, at the Arc de Triomphe, at the Louvre Museum in order to point out of the destitution of the exiles in the face of the abundance of our society. On several occasions, the police intervened to ask the artist to withdraw his work. History does not say if the same request was made for his reply from the President of the Republic.
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