Alain Declercq


Poster offset on aluminium
180 x 120 cm
Purchase SPACE Liege
Acquisition: 2006
Location: Liege-Musée des Beaux-Arts

Installer, photographer, performer, video maker..., Alain Declercq is, above all, known for his “actions” full of irony and calling into question today’s oppressing and fail-safe authority structures. He likes to indulge in micro-sabotage and micro-dysfunction in order to challenge our representation of authority. For example, in Paris, he stands in the street with a sign marked “Beware speed camera” in order to warn drivers of checks several metres ahead, or, in Liege, with his namesake Alain De Clerck, they ask firemen to hose down the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain during an opening ceremony to highlight the disrepair of the building. The poster acquired by SPACE shows a man pointing his firearm at an American bomber taking off for Baghdad. In fact, it is a replica of 747, a Chris Burden performance in which he shoots several bullets at a Boeing 747 crossing the Los Angeles skyline, in the height of the Vietnam War. Staking his claim as a committed artist, Alain Declercq has produced this work with the firm intention of contesting American military operations. Its publication was refused during the Iraq War but widely circulated by the press once the bombings were over. (Genaro Marcos)


Lives and works in Paris