Edgar Sarin and Mateo Revillo have set out to isolate the Ile Saint-Louis in order to transform it into a vast sculpture connected to the city of Paris by way of its bridges.
The heart of the work, Un Titanic, Reprise, is a society made up of more than 300 men and women representing a wide range of professions. Bakers, physicians, anthropologists, children, architects, as well as musicians and bartenders, follow a division of labor, created by the artists, in order to create a group of votive offerings made out of clay, flower petals, salt and straw. These objects are then transported, in a kind of procession, towards the island’s elementary school, over the course of their fabrication on the quays. This complex work evokes a performative system, in which the manufactured objects incorporate a sacred aspect.
Edgar Sarin (France) is in residence at the Cité internationale des arts.