visual poem
inkjet on archival paper, 175x120cm



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“L’image est péremptoire, elle a toujours le dernier mot.”

“The image is peremptory, it always has the last word.”

R. Barthes





In this photograph, reduced to strictly black and white tones, every black pixel has been manually replaced by one letter in the phrase L E D E R N I E R M O T , spelling out ‘the last word’ over and over. The image is composed of 991,469 keystrokes (Moby Dick, in comparison, has 1,045,585).

This work is a visual reflection of Barthes’ quote “The image is peremptory, it always has the last word” (R. Barthes, 1978. A Lover’s Discourse).

It is also a reference to the nuclear shadows created during the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. At the moment of the explosion, the radiations bleached everything they hit; anything that got in their way (objects or bodies), acted as a shield, protecting the surface beneath it. Those images, printed on the walls or the ground, became the last remains of the victims.












Installation view, Schloss Leuk-Dorf, Switzerland, FORUM WALLIS VII Festival, May 17 – 20, 2013