Matthieu Laurette

Yvon Lambert Bookshop

More than video, photography, or any other medium, Matthieu Laurette’s favored mode of appearance is, precisely, the appearance. This tautology says a good deal about his art of endless refraction, a self-reflective oeuvre that nevertheless takes on, perhaps not the lowest forms, but in any case the least reputable ones in the realm of television and media, from talk shows to celebrity gossip. It’s not surprising to have seen his appearance—excuse me, exhibition—at Yvon Lambert open with some man-in-the-street interviews: Made with a team from NOATV, the local cable access network in New Orleans, The Louisiana Repo-Purchase, 2003–2004, shows passersby being asked to sign a petition to keep France from buying back the Louisiana territories: “That’s ridiculous!” “We don’t like Louisiana, so sell it!” “Yes, I want to sign that. We live here now, and we’re here to stay.” The video turns into

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