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Cosa mentale - The archipelago - Relations - A tango - Avoiding the blind spot - A multi-layered identity

Cosa mentale

Art is always conceptual when it is anything other than decoration, which is a craft.

Leonardo da Vinci's quote is clear: 

"La pittura è cosa mentale",

painting is a thing of the mind.

When we talk about Art History, we're not talking about the history of painting, architecture, music or any other technique. Art too has a history. That's what this is all about.

The archipelago

A modern concept

"The term "archipelago" can be broken down into the roots "arc" (Greek for "original", "main") and "pelago" (a Latin derivation of an earlier Greek term meaning an open sea, a pool, a gulf, even an abyss, the impression of being on the high seas).

SÉROUX, David REALH, Alex SVI, Zorah SOMEXKI, Paul QWEST & other are like islands

Archipelago is not an ancient Greek word, but a modern Italian word made up of these Greek borrowings.


The elements of the word are Greek, but there is no trace of arkhipelagos in ancient or medieval Greek (the modern Greek word is borrowed from Italian).

Archipelagic thought is a form of thought based on experimentation and intuitive temptation, which could be contrasted with continental thought, which is primarily based on systems.

Édouard Glissant


Against essentialism

Essentialising something or someone consists in reducing (an individual, for example) to just one of its dimensions, which results in a reduction of reality. Essentialising means applying a single, deliberately biased label.

It also consists, most of the time, in REIFYING reality, i.e. transforming and reducing an individual, a work, etc. to the status of an object.


For example: foreigners, women, men, whites, blacks, artists, nobles, commoners, Jews, Van Goghs, abstracts, etc.


The impoverishment is systematic.

It's all about relationships

It's not the things that matter, it's the relationships between things.

Denis Podalydès quoting Pierre Bourdieu.



Contrary to the essentialization of the world, considering the relational aspect of what constitutes us shows very simply that everything only has real meaning as a function of a relationship with something else, of a relationship, of a context that is always particular and changing.

The work here is the product of this relational evidence.


A Tango

The work is relational.

Everything is made up of juxtaposed moments, as in a Milonga (tango ball) when each dances with different partners. In so doing, each person eclipses his or her supposed personality to become "other" through contact with others.

Tango dances the tragedy of life, the nostalgia of our past illusions, the pain of break-ups, the absurdity of conflicts, the murder of idealism.

Tango dances the lucidity of the sideways step, the foot born to destruction, love "all the same", and in spite of everything.


I therefore call beautiful everything that contains within itself enough to awaken in my understanding the idea of relationships.

Denis Diderot


This is a dance that does not hide the crazy links between life and violence, between desire and its madness, between attempt and failure. 

Tango is about living in spite of everything.


This is also what emerges from Séroux's work. He is a tango dancer who also dances with his painting, drawing and photography.


If our head is round, it's to allow our thoughts to change direction.

Francis Picabia


Avoiding the blind spot

What is a scotoma ?

A scotoma is an area of partial alteration in the field of vision consisting of a partially diminished or entirely degenerated visual acuity that is surrounded by a field of normal – or relatively well-preserved – vision.

Every normal mammalian eye has a scotoma in its field of vision, usually termed its blind spot. This is a location with no photoreceptor cells, where the retinal ganglion cell axons that compose the optic nerve exit the retina.


Scotomization is a psychological term for the mental blocking of unwanted perceptions, analogous to the visual blindness of an actual scotoma.

This is a process of denial that allows us to "not see" content, images or memories that are too distressing.

A veritable selective psychic scotoma is formed, narrowing the field of consciousness and producing amnesia that is clearly circumscribed in time.


For example, a patient may have completely forgotten her wedding a few months earlier, but still have a perfectly normal memory.


Freud preferred to speak of 'denial of reality' rather than 'scotomisation'.


If there is such a thing, then there is also its opposite: going to see what our understanding tends to hide.

A multi-layered identity

Romain Gary

“I have always been someone else.”

 That's what Romain Gary said about himself.

This feeling of estrangement from his own life no doubt has is roots in his origins, born Roman Kacew in Vilnius, spending parts of his childhood in Moscow and Warsaw, and only arriving in France at the age of fourteen. (A version of his life can be found in his autobiography, Promise at Dawn).


Can we claim to know exactly who we are? 

Isn't naming things necessarily reducing them?


Roman Kacew was also Fosco Sinibaldi, Shatan Bogat, Émile Ajar, Romain Gary, Lucien Brulard, René Deville...

Amin Maalouf

Amin Maalouf claims a multiple identity, made up of layers of belonging (national, family, religious, linguistic) where nothing is subtracted, where everything adds up.


Like his character Léon l'Africain, he is "not from any city, from any tribe, he is a son of the road": in 1518, a Maghrebi ambassador returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca was captured by Sicilian pirates and given as a gift to Leo X. The traveller was called Hassan.


The traveller's name was Hassan al-Wazzan. He became the geographer Jean-Léon de Médicis, known as Léon l'Africain. The millefeuille is rich in unpredictable diversity.