Quentin Vintousky
Le désespoir du singe, 2018

Walldrawing, digital print on glossy paper
125 × 32 cm

In Le Désespoir du singe, tears seem to be streaming down an alabaster head. They are, however, only the remains of a face once completely painted gold. Curls of hair surround the head like dark magma, and the little bit of paint in the eyes gives it an absent, resigned look. Combined with the mural drawing of a schematic tree, this face is reminiscent of those who lie under a tree, as a last protection, a final refuge from the despair of their dying bodies.

Text by Timothée Chaillou for Vintousky’s presentation of works at Le Salon de Montrouge in 2018 [our translation].