Trevor Gould: le point de vue de la girafe [the giraffe’s point of view]
Publisher: Fage éditions
Description: 1 vol. (96 p.): illustrated in colour; 25 x 20 cm. Monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition in the Musée Gassendi and in the CAIRN Art Centre, summer 2004.
An interview with Trevor Gould by Natacha Pugnet. Biography: personal and collective exhibitions. Introductory note by Natacha Pugnet, author of the essay. Presented jointly in two places in Digne-les-Bains, the exhibition had the title “La folie d’Hannibal” [Hannibal’s folly] in the CAIRN Art Centre (Musée Promenade, Saint-Benoît) and “Voir c’est croire” [Seeing is believing] in the Musée Gassendi.
“Trevor Gould’s installations and the sculptures that make them up refer to the ‘exhibiting of the world’ by natural history museums, zoos and universal exhibitions. In his work, human representations, which are ostensibly theatrical, have an emblematic value: often hybrids between man and primate, they lead us to question the construction of our image of others. For the artist’s work also refers to colonial history and to “human zoos”. Gould’s own background led him to such questioning: a white man from South Africa, he lived in Johannesburg, then, escaping Apartheid in 1980, he chose to settle in Montreal. The figures that he organises in what he calls a “geography of the exhibition” are to be understood as metaphors of displacement. Thus the spectacular giraffe and elephant sculpted by the artist evoke incredible epic tales: that of the elephants driven by Hannibal during his crossing of the Alps, and that of Zarafa, a giraffe offered as a gift to King Charles X which was sent by ship from Alexandria then taken by foot from Marseille to Paris…”Natacha Pugnet