emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché
emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché
feb 11, 2011

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marchéone of the images in the ‘le marché’ series by emile barret and laurent ponce all images courtesy emile barret and laurent ponce




in ‘le marché’ (‘marketplace’), a series by french artist emile barret and photographer laurent ponce, human beings take the place of meat in butcheries and their market display cases, sinks, and tables.

the harsh coloured lights and frozen settings leave the work open to many interpretations, and we are interested in hearing what our designboom readers have to say about the project.

is it a critique of superficial, objectivist culture, or of the ways in which our society’s open sexuality eliminates the erotic? does it bring forward the questionable ethics and policies behind the meat production industry, frequently overlooked and ignored in our day-to-day existence? many images strike visual parallels with scenes from a hospital or mortuary: is there an element of cold, analytic precision that these places share with the empty marketplace? and what of the isolation of the human body in these scenes devoid of other sellables, food, or people?


emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

emile barret + laurent ponce: le marché

  • pffffffffff
    no comment

    totoro says:
  • How long do you think they’ll spend cleaning the place before they put food back in there?

    Allen says:
  • for me it looks more like public apeal for vegetarianism ! very strong one

    Daria says:
  • for me personally this doesn’t have a big impact. i think we are too bombarded by images in the world we live in. for me art is meaningful if it creates a strong emotional response and stays in my mind… maybe it would have been more thought provoking if this was set up in a real market with the produce and the people (using extras of course) and the poses more carcass like…i don’t know. on the other hand the fact that it doesn’t really make an emotional impact on me can also be telling of the society we live in but that is not strong enough for me as a concept. there is so much ugly in the world, we are all bombarded and glutonised by art trying to be shocking. i think we need something new and original…just another opinion, no expert though

    lvw says:
  • Not too long Allen! I’m definetly not buying fish there anymore.

    Daniell says:
  • excusez les français qui ont fait cela
    je n’en voie vraiment pas l’intérêt !

    edi says:
  • maybe! i have no idea and i don`t get exactly what it tried to say.and what was the realationship between the shop& art &…

    zbh says:
  • I think it is in part an attempt to be shocking – to get peoples’ attention – which is something that art strives for in today’s culture that it hasn’t had to in the past – what with the prevalence of media (one watches the news to be shocked rather than look at art).

    Personally, I think this would be a much more powerful piece if it switched mediums from photography to film or even to performance. A performance piece along these same lines would immediately raise all the questions posed by designboom about sexuality, meat industry, etc., particularly if it occurred unexpectedly in a normally busy market; it would also perhaps be more clear regarding which question the artists intend to ask. This is something I would like to see.

    JLR says:
  • I hope they used a glue gun with the baskets…

    peen says:
  • I love this work in the form of photography. What I think it lacked, if anything, is mass. One body? What I (with emphasis, there) feel consumed by when entering a place like this is the sheer amount of ‘products’ on display.
    I am by no means a vegetarian, love meat to bits. BUT. Are they trying to convey the impact of visual overload with one single human? DO they think the life of one human is above the lives of many cattle/fish/pultry etc?
    That, of course, may not have been the intended context but it is how I’m reading it.
    Many, MANY, people, may have shocked me. This one, mildly attractive (and is dead meat ATTRACTIVE?) young man… is not shocking at all.

    This work, all in all, is too pretty.

    Xhon says:

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