Le Tri Postal, Lille October 2012-January 2013

With the exhibition Desperanza, Théo Mercier opens the doors of an “imaginary museum” that explores the world of syncretism, in which the haunted house meets the Mexican Day of the Dead. Having returned from a self-proclaimed ethnographic mission in Mexico, he comes back with his pockets full of sundry objects and curiosities into which he breathes a morbid new life through improbable juxtapositions and strange bedfellows. The overabundance of visual information gives the viewers’ eyes the surgery-like challenge of untangling the strings. Diverting the modalities of a museum exhibition, he stages these post-exotic chimeras in a misty ambiance, in a space that oscillates between vivarium and decorum.

The great audience, installation, 450x100x190cm