120g of difference

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Production, photography, editing and music: Fabrice Leroux.

2011

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How can 120g change your way of looking at someone?

In a world where appearance is paramount.

Shall we judge a book by its cover?

When 120g of hair can pass from Jesus to the GI through a Buddhist, or a member of a drug cartel.

Beyond appearances, what remains?

At a key moment in my life, assisted by the one for whom I left Paris.

I also change media, farewell to the actor, the artist evolves. It is time after the illusion of the scene to look at oneself in the face and in all humility to see what will happen.

So what part does psychological play in this exercise? A cathartic form of self-acceptance?

Of course I thought of Erwin Olaf's self-portraits, especially the famous trilogy: "I wish" "I wish" "I am" & "I will be"
But here, unlike Cindy Sherman, there is no staging, no dramatization. Simplicity, purity, an almost clinical formatting, which plays on the first aspect of the first reading, which is a bit " funny ", like a hint on other degrees of reading.

120 g is the weight of hair that has been used in this adventure.

The symbolism of hair is strong in all civilizations. They often have a relationship with intimacy, seduction, modesty and sexuality through trichophilia (or hair fetishism), the relationship to the other through the hair (combing, delousing, cutting) being a sign of affection.

Long hair was the privilege of the nobles when the people began to cut their hair.
Symbol of strength, virility, in man: the most famous example is certainly that of Samson. " If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me and I will become weak and be like any other man.”

Hair clipping, like an humiliation?

At the Liberation, women accused of having affairs with enemy soldiers were sometimes clipped.
This sacrifice can be voluntary as a symbol of mourning or in a religious context: Buddhist monks shave their heads as a sign of humility. In ancient Greece, it was a common custom for young girls to cut their long hair as an offering to Artemis on their wedding day. As the haircut does not modify the shape of the skull, we can also see a return to the original shape without artifice, without the desire to seduce.

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