We could see in Darwinian theory, making competition between individuals the driving principle of evolution, a justification of capitalism and colonialism. In apparent contradiction, the theory of selection
relationship developed by the Englishman William Donald Hamilton in 1964, explains the appearance, during evolution, of altruistic behavior between organisms. These instincts would increase with matching, under the effect of natural selection.
In designing his installation for the courtyard of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Lionel Sabatté wished to refer explicitly to this theory, from which he borrows the title of his installation. It consists of three sculptures: a tree, a human silhouette and a headless animal form the poles of a triangular figure. By establishing a harmonious spatial relationship between these three representatives of nature, Lionel Sabatté wished to signify their interdependence. The human and animal figures are made of tinted concrete. Left partially visible, the metal rods that structure them express movement while giving an impression of vulnerability that arouses our empathy. Conversely, the tree is borrowed directly from nature as a sort of botanical “ready-made”. However, its branches are adorned with a strange flowering artificially made up of human skin.
Lionel Sabatté, born in Toulouse in 1975 and graduated from the Beaux-Arts in Paris, made a name for himself by using all kinds of rejecting materials: dust collected on the metro platforms, organic debris such as dead skin or nail clippings. He shapes them with virtuosity into fascinating and repulsive works that question the objectivity of our aesthetic judgment.
62, rue des Archives 75003 Paris
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