CLAUDE CATTELAIN

In his performances, Claude Cattelain subjects his body to exercises, It is often a question of limits, whether those of physical forces, human resistance, balance or the laws of gravity. The gratuitousness of these exercises, unreasonable and unproductive according to common sense, executed, however, with the imperturbable meticulousness of a professional, forces the viewer to reflect on the notions In his performances, Claude Cattelain subjects his body to exercises, It is often a question of limits, whether those of physical forces, human resistance, balance or the laws of gravity. The gratuitousness of these exercises, unreasonable and unproductive according to common sense, executed, however, with the imperturbable meticulousness of a professional, forces the viewer to reflect on the notions  of utility, uselessness, finality, futility, in art but also in everyday life. Claude Cattelain explodes the traditional and overly comfortable demarcations that separate the activity of the artist from that of the non-artist, the boundaries that keep the actor and the spectator at a distance. 

Let fish swim in my mouth. At night, lying on my back by a river and lighting up with a flashlight, I let small fish swim out of my mouth for a few moments before putting them back into the river.

FISH & MOUTH

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