'le pyromane' by ali cherri was made in response to the act of self-immolation as political protest. the artwork,
which was presented at cherri's solo show 'a fleur de peau' last year, spells out 'I am not a pyromaniac' using hundreds of matchsticks.
'on december 17, 2011, mohamed bouazizi, a tunisian street vendor, doused himself with paint thinner and lit a match.
his desperate act sparked uprisings across the arab world, and inspired a large number of other men to set themselves on fire.
those serial self-immolations provoked me with horror and wonder,
I began questioning how could someone reach this extreme political statement?
the installation 'le pyromane' (the arsonist) states what this act is not the result of: an obsessive desire to set fire to things.' - ali cherri
ali cherri is a lebanese artist based between paris and beirut.
via grapheine's blog