With the exhibition Legado Fantasma, Théo Mercier explores the themes of legacy, cultural obsolescence, and phantom object. He proceeds first of all to destroy the walls and ceilings of the Mexican gallery, the debris of which lies on the ground like vestiges of a past drama. Echoing the successive earthquakes that Mexico City has undergone, he makes a series of delicately balancing totemic sculptures by stacking stones, ceramics, eggs and fragments of local figurative sculptures. This in-situ series of “ventanas” (windows) deconstructs the iconography of Occidental art masterpieces and ancient, pre-Hispanic art to give life to collages of floating images, hybrid orphans born of confused artistic genealogies.
exhibition view, galeria Marso, 2017