Emilio López-Menchero

Trying to be Dutroux

79,5 x 63,7 cm
Purchase SPACE Liege
Acquisition: 2013
Location: Liege-SPACE

Painter, performer, sculptor and sound artist, Emilio López-Menchero is constantly revealing the codes of our society. From microcosm to macrocosm, he confronts symbols one after another: contemporary art fairs, icons, monuments, anthems and borders. In the series of photographs and video performances called Trying to be, that began in 2000, he attempts to incarnate legendary personalities, mainly artists (Picasso, Honoré de Balzac, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Duchamp, Cindy Sherman, James Ensor, André Cadere…), but also Yasser Arafat and the terrorist Carlos. But when artist Laurent d’Ursel suggested that he dress up as Marc Dutroux, it was about more than a controversial or ambiguous character. This was the personification of poor Evil, that became internationally famous thanks to media frenzy. Accepting the challenge, Emilio López-Menchero has made us confront our deepest fears that question the limitations of humanity. When faced with this fake selfportrait, we lose any critical distance. The title of the exhibition of 2009 already asked the question: Toute cruauté est-elle bonne à dire ? (Can any cruelty be said ?) (Julie Hanique)



Works and lives in Brussels